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Statistics in LibGuides & LibGuides CMS (v1)  

Last Updated: Mar 21, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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LibGuides offers a plethora of statistics! Read on, and learn how to optimize your guides for better reporting.



Hit TypeRecorded when someone:Found in report:Requirements/Notes

Homepage Views

Views your LibGuides Homepage (index.html) Homepage Views
Guide Views a guide Guide Views Total Guide Views = sum of all page views in a guide
Page Views a page Usage Reports
Widgets & API Clicks on a LibGuide API call or embedded widget content Usage Reports
Links Clicks on a link you've added to a guide Usage Reports Link must be in the Links & Lists or Simple Web Links box-type
Files Downloads a file Usage Reports Documents & Files box-type
Books Clicks on a book title or cover art image Usage Reports Books from the Catalog box-type
Events Clicks on the title of your events Usage Reports Events box-type

What doesn't count as a "view"

Clicks on content when you're logged in to LibGuides

There's a difference in the guide/page URLs that patrons see, and the URLs that you see when logged in as an editor:


See it? "aecontent" represents "editor mode" - ie the guide content you've created, plus all of the editor links & options on the page ("Add Box" links, yellow Command bar, etc.).

Content "Views" are not counted on these pages - so if you're logged in and editing a guide, the system won't tally views when you click on pages, test links, etc.

Clicks when in Preview mode

If you see &preview=a random string of characters in your URL, you're in Preview mode.

While you're in Preview mode, no statistics will be tracked. If you share this preview URL with anyone, no statistics will be tracked for their clicks either.

Clicks on content added in a Rich Text box

When you add content (particularly links to resources) to Rich Text boxes, LibGuides can't track how many times users have clicked on those links. This is one of many reasons why we highly recommend adding links in Simple Web Links / Links & Lists boxes whenever possible!


How are stats recorded for Linked/Copied content?

Item TypeLook for the statistics on...
Copied item (link, book, etc.) The guide that contains the copied item
Linked (or "reused") item The guide that contains the linked item
Item in copied box The guide that contains the copied box
Item in linked/reused box The guide that contains the linked box
Item in copied page The guide that contains the copied page
Item in linked/reused page The guide that contains the linked page

To get aggregated usages statistics for LINKS click on the link ID, or run a link report for that one link.

You will not be able to find aggregated usage statistics for Books, Events, or Files. The only way to get the aggregated usage statistics for a book in the system would be to run the statistics report for each guide the book is on and adding the statistics together.


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