Glossary of Usage Terms

Last Updated: 2019-03-14


Term

Definition

Relevant Report

Access Denied

An unsuccessful log-in to an electronic service due to exceeding the simultaneous/concurrent user limit allowed by the license.

COUNTER 4 Database Report 2

Access_Method

A COUNTER attribute indicating whether the usage related to investigations and requests was generated by a human user browsing and searching a website (“Regular”) or by Text and Data Mining processes (“TDM”). Gale single value is Regular.

COUNTER 5 Reports

Access_Type

A COUNTER attribute used to report on the nature of access control restrictions, if any, placed on the content item at the time when the content item was accessed. Gale has one value (Controlled).

COUNTER 5 Title Master Report

Data_Type

The field identifying type of content at the source title-level (e.g. Journal, Book, Newspaper or Newsletter, Report, Multimedia, Other). An optional filter and attribute on Master Reports for invesigation and request activity

COUNTER 5 Reports

Database

The component of Database Reports. Also a default COUNTER Data_Type used when applying a Data_Type filter tor search metrics on COUNTER 5 tabular Master Reports.

Gale Standard Reports
COUNTER 4 Reports
COUNTER 5 Reports

Full-text Retrieval

Sum of only full text records examined, downloaded, or otherwise supplied to user, to the extent these are recordable and controlled by the Gale server rather than the browser.

Gale Standard Reports

Gale (Platform)

The main Gale platform. The underlying infrastructure and common host that Includes InfoTrac, In Context, Literature resources, Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), Gale Directory Library (GDL) databases

COUNTER 5 Reports

Internal Usage/Remote Usage

Gale reports internal and remote access statistics separately on usage summary reports.

Gale Standard Reports

Record View

A successful request for a database record that has originated from a set of search results, from browsing the database or from a click on another database record. For Gale, this is a view an article on screen and does not include download activity.

COUNTER 4 Database Report 1

Report Attributes

In COUNTER reports the report attributes modify how a report is presented. Typically a report attribute will not limit or filter the usage being presented. In tabular reports, report attributes can be expressed as a column to break down usage. This is usually displayed as
Attributes_to_Show in the report head

COUNTER 5 Master Reports

Report Filter

A filter places a limit or restrictions on the usage to be included in a COUNTER report. This is usually displayed as a name-value pair e.g. Data_Type=Journal in the report header.

COUNTER 5 Reports

Result Clicks

A click originating from a set of search results.

COUNTER 4 Database Report 1

Retrievals

Sum of all full text, abstract, and extended citation records examined, downloaded, or otherwise supplied to user, to the extent these are recordable and controlled by the Gale server rather than the browser.

COUNTER 4 Database Report 1

Searches (Regular)

A specific intellectual query submitted through a search form to the database.

Gale Standard Reports
COUNTER 4 Database Report 1

Searches_Automated

A COUNTER Metric Type used to report searches conducted through a discovery service or by an automated search agent

COUNTER 5 Database Usage Report
COUNTER 5 Database Master Report

Searches_Federated

A COUNTER Metric Type used to report searches conducted through a federated search service

COUNTER 5 Database Usage Report
COUNTER 5 Database Master Report

Searches_Platform

A COUNTER Metric Type used to report searches conducted on a platform. Each user-initiated search can only be counted once regardless of the number of databases involved in the search.

COUNTER 5 Platform Usage Report
COUNTER 5 Platform Master Report

Searches_Regular

A COUNTER Metric Type used to report on searches conducted by a user on a host where the user is in control over which databases can be searched.

COUNTER 5 Database Usage Report
COUNTER 5 Database Master Report

Section_Type

A COUNTER attribute that identifies the type of section that was accessed by the user (e.g. Article, Other)

COUNTER 5 Title Master Report

Sessions

A successful request of an online service. A single user connects to the service or database and ends by terminating activity that is either explicit (by leaving the service through exit or logout) or implicit (timeout due to user inactivity).

Gale Standard Reports

Total_Item_Investigations

A COUNTER Metric_Type that represents the number of times users accessed the content (i.e. full text) of an item, or information describing that item (i.e. an abstract)

COUNTER 5 Reports

Total_Item_Requests

A COUNTER Metric_Type that represents the number of times users requested the full content (i.e. full text) of an item.Requests may take the form of viewing, downloading, emailing, or printing content provided such actions can be tracked by the content provider’s server.

COUNTER 5 Reports

Turn-aways

Gale reports internal and remote access statistics separately on usage summary reports.

Gale Standard Reports

Unique_Item_ Requests

A COUNTER Metric Type that represents the number of unique content items requested in a user-session.

COUNTER 5 Reports

Unique_Item_Investigations

A COUNTER “Metric Type” that represents the number of unique “Content Items” investigated in a user-session. Examples of “Items” are “Articles”,

COUNTER 5 Reports

Unique_Title_ Investigations

A COUNTER “Metric Type” that represents the number of unique titles investigated in a user-session. Only applies to Books.

COUNTER 5 Reports

Unique_Title_Requests

A COUNTER “Metric Type” that represents the number of unique titles requested in a user-session. Only applies to Books.

COUNTER 5 Reports

YOP

Year of Publication. Used in conjunction with “Item_Requests” and "Item_Investigations", this attribute records the year of publication of the item.

COUNTER 5 Title Master Report
COUNTER 5 Journal Requests by YOP