ChalkDUST is a statistics reporting tool for the TexQuest Databases Program.
Don't know your campus or district TEA-ID number? Search for it on AskTED.If your campus or district has requested TexQuest vendors to set up special custom ids, substituting them for TEA-ID numbers, you will not be able to download TexQuest usage statistics for those vendors from ChalkDUST. We are working on solutions to this issue.
ChalkDUST is a Database Usage Statistics Tool that provides one-stop access for Texas K-12 schools and open enrollment charter school participating in the TexQuest program to access their campus or district usage statistics. By providing a statewide repository for TexQuest usage stats, campuses and districts across the state can be sure that they're measuring their database usage using the exact same parameters.
Each participating campus or district is able to download monthly statistics showing the number of Searches, Record Views, Result Clicks, and Full Text Documents from TexQuest's electronic resources. From September 2019 onward, some TexQuest resources will provide Total_Item_Investigations, Total_Item_Requests, and Searches_Regular. See the Getting Stats and Understanding Stats sections below for more information about these changes and statistics.
The new TexQuest resources include Gale OneFile: High School (formerly Infotrac Student Edition) and Infobase Learn360.
1. The Britannica eBooks subscription ended June 14, 2019.
2. Beginning in September 2019, most TexQuest resources will begin using three new statistics: Total_Item_Investigations, Total_Item_Requests, and Searches_Regular. These new statistics will replace Record Views, Result Clicks, Regular Searches (Searches), and Full Text Documents. See the Understanding Stats section below for more information about these changes and statistics.
3. The following TexQuest product name changes have recently gone into effect. ChalkDUST will list these resources with both the new and former product names.
|Former Product Names:||New Names for Products:|
|Britannica Learning Zone||Britannica Fundamentals|
|Academic OneFile||Gale Academic OneFile|
|Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)||Gale eBooks|
|General OneFile||Gale General OneFile|
|Health and Wellness Resource Center||Gale Health and Wellness|
|Gale Kids Infobits||Gale In Context: Elementary|
|GREENR||Gale In Context: Environmental Studies|
|Student Resources in Context||Gale In Context: High School|
|Research in Context||Gale In Context: Middle School|
|Opposing Viewpoints in Context||Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints|
|Science in Context||Gale In Context: Science|
|Literature Resource Center||Gale Literature Resource Center|
|Gale Litfinder||Gale Literature: LitFinder|
|Scribner Writer Series||Gale Literature: Scribner Writer Series|
|Twayne’s Author Series||Gale Literature: Twayne’s Author Series|
|Educator’s Reference Complete||Gale OneFile: Educator’s Reference Complete|
|Infotrac Student Edition||Gale OneFile: High School Edition|
|Informe Academico||Gale OneFile: Informe Académico|
|Infotrac NewsStand||Gale OneFile: News|
|National Geographic Kids||Gale Presents: National Geographic Kids|
|Chilton Library||Gale: Chilton Library|
- This URL: www.tsl.state.tx.us/texquest/chalkdust/
- Your 6-digit district or 9-digit campus TEA ID number
- A spreadsheet program such as Excel, able to read comma-delimited files.
- This free MS Excel Reader -- however functionality is limited.
- Google Sheets is a free application that also has some spreadsheet functionality
Comma-delimited (csv) files are plain text files that can be opened by almost any computer with either a spreadsheet application or a text editor. Unlike a web-page-viewable report, these files permit easy for sorting and formatting to meet your needs.
Due to changing global statistics standards, most Record Views, Result Clicks, Regular Searches, and Full Text Documents are being phased out and replaced with Total_Item_Investigations, Total_Item_Requests, and Searches_Regular. The old statistics, Record Views and Result Clicks, are particularly confusing and imprecise. The old statistic, Full Text Documents, is limited to text materials. The new statistics strive for more clarity, precision, and inclusion.
Although they are not directly equivalent, Total_Item_Investigations are similar to Record Views plus Result Clicks. Total_Item_Requests are similar to Full Text Documents, however, the new statistic includes all materials and file types. Searches_Regular are equivalent to Regular Searches (aka Searches).
Definitions of the new statistics follow:
- Searches_Regular is the number of times a user searches a database.
- A Total_Item_Investigation is tracked whenever a user performs any action related to viewing a content item or title or viewing the item’s metadata. For example, if a user does a search then clicks on two article abstracts, downloads the PDF for one article, and downloads one video record within the same session, this counts as four Investigations.
- Total_Item_Request is tracked whenever a user views or downloads any full content item, including articles, books, videos, audio files, etc. in all file formats. For example, if a user does a search then views an article in PDF and HTML within the same session, this counts as one Request. Below are two charts to help visualize the relationship between Investigations and Requests.
COUNTER graphics used with the permission of Project COUNTER
More information can be found at:
A "Record View" is a very specific transaction where the user has viewed the detailed metadata record from a given database - e.g. to see the abstract and subject headings, etc. A record view could occur from a user clicking on the result list, or navigating detailed records or even linking in from another site - it is about viewing the detailed record.
A "Result Click" is about the activity that happens on the search result list and it is tracking any click the user might have made on a result from a given database. Some example of Result Clicks are: a user clicks the "findIt@my library" link; the user clicks to view full text; the user clicks to see the full record; the user clicks to "request article via ILL"; etc. In each case, the user has expressed interest in the result by clicking on something - and since that expression of interest can be attributed to the database that contained the metadata it also serves to indicate the value of the database.
|More information on these measures can be found at:|
|Guides to Counter|
Beginning in September 2019, ChalkDUST will only include Full Text Documents statistics from Britannica, Gale ChiltonLibrary, and EBSCO’s eBooks and LearningExpress. ChalkDUST’s Full Text Document statistics include the following breakouts: eBooks and anything that is not a citation or abstract, which may include full text articles, images, maps, video, podcasts, other media, and reference contents.
The ChalkDUST application provides you with information in spreadsheet format to permit maximum flexibility for your needs. Use the "SORT" or "FILTER" functions on your spreadsheet application to view customized reports. The flexibility of these reports is only limited by your creativity with Microsoft Excel (or your favorite spreadsheet application).
Some school districts distribute a single login and password for all the campuses in the district. When this is the case, campus-level stats cannot be determined from the district total. Total usage statistics for the district, however, are available through the District Level Stats report above. If you have questions, check with your district database coordinator or contact.
If your campus or district has requested TexQuest vendors to set up special custom ids, substituting them for TEA-ID numbers, you will not be able to download TexQuest usage statistics for those vendors from ChalkDUST. You can contact the vendors for your usage statistics. See Texquest Statistics Faqs for vendor contact information.
If ChalkDUST does not meet your needs, you may contact Britannica, EBSCO, Gale, ProQuest, or TeachingBooks customer support. See Texquest Statistics Faqs for vendor contact information.
ChalkDUST was created and is maintained by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC). TSLAC contact: K12@tsl.texas.gov