The Home screen in the WorldCat Services Administrative Module contains information to help you monitor your FirstSearch account. If you have a per-search account, the screen contains the number of remaining searches and the expiration date of the account. If you have a subscription account, the screen contains the expiration date of the account. If you have a hybrid account, the screen contains both kinds of information.
OCLC Usage Statistics contains information about your library's use of FirstSearch. Monthly reports are included for individual and group (consortium) accounts. Each month, OCLC adds another month to the statistics service.
Overview reports provide data about the actual number of simultaneous users of the account. Other reports provide data about each database, including the number of searches and full-text documents used. They also combine data for all databases, including the number of sessions, searches, and full-text documents used.
Reports covering the Electronic Collections Online journals used by your library include the number of full-text displays viewed in all journals and in individual journals.
|1||Go to the Usage Statistics address for your communications method (shown in the table below). |
Note: You can also get access to OCLC Usage Statistics by clicking the Usage Statistics link in the black bar at the top of any screen in the administrative module interface.
|2||If necessary, type your FirstSearch authorization number in the Authorization field.|
|3||Type your administrative or statistics password in the Password field. (If you have never changed your administrative password, type the temporary password contained in your FirstSearch welcome letter.)|
|4||Click Start. OCLC Usage Statistics automatically logs you on to the screen listing reports for your institution.|
|5||Select the appropriate reporting period to see a list of reports available for that time.|
|6||Click on the report group name or the plus sign before the name to expand the list of reports available under that grouping.|
|7||Select a report to view from the reports listed.|
|8||To print a report, select landscape print orientation in your Web browser before printing reports.|
|9||When you finish viewing reports, close your browser to exit the service.|
|Communications method||FirstSearch address|
|Internet or Dial TCP/IP||http://www.stats.oclc.org|
FirstSearch counts each search performed. For per-search accounts, each search decreases the number of remaining searches.
The following are WorldCat database search examples.
First example (three to five searches counted):
Second example (one search counted):
No search is counted if your search finds no records and at least one word or phrase in the search appears in no records. For example, the following search is not counted. You misspell umpires and enter the search baseball and ympires in WorldCat. Because ympires appears in no records, no records are found and no search is counted.
A search is counted if it finds one or more records. A search is also counted if it finds no records but each word or phrase in the search appears in one or more records. For example, the following search is counted although it finds no records. You enter the search baseball and radishes in WorldCat. No records are found because no record contains both baseball and radishes. However, a search is counted because baseball appears in one or more records and radishes appears in one or more other records.
FirstSearch does not count the following as searches: