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.
Q: What is ChalkDUST?
A: 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.
Q: What statistics are available?
A: 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. Full Text Documents statistics are available from Britannica, EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest.
Q. Are usage statistics available for the new TexQuest resources added in 2018?
A: The new 2018 TexQuest resources include Gale Chilton Library, EBSCO LearningExpress, and five additional Britannica Ebook Collections. Usage statistics for the additional Britannica Ebook Collections are available, beginning with July 2018. Coming soon are usage statistics for Gale Chilton Library, beginning on July 18, 2018, and for EBSCO LearningExpress, beginning in August 2018.
Q: What will I need to retrieve my usage statistics?
A: You'll need:
1) This URL: www.tsl.state.tx.us/texquest/chalkdust/
2) Your 9-digit TEA ID number
3) A spreadsheet program such as Excel, able to read comma-delimited files.
4) This free MS Excel Reader -- however functionality is limited.
5) Google Sheets is a free application that also has some spreadsheet functionality
Q: What if I don't know my 9-digit TEA-ID number?
A: Search for it on AskTED.
Q: Comma-delimited files? What's that?
A: 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.
Q: What is the difference between Record Views and Result Clicks?
A: 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:
Q: What are the Full Text Documents statistics on ChalkDUST?
A: ChalkDUST includes Full Text Documents statistics from Britannica, EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest. ChalkDUST’s Full Text Document statistics include the following breakouts:
- EBSCO eBooks and Britannica eBooks
- Encyclopedia Britannica School, Gale, and ProQuest SIRS Discoverer: Anything that is not a citation or abstract, which may include full text articles, images, maps, video, podcasts, other media, and reference content.
Q: How do I view stats for a particular month or for a particular database? How do I derive subtotals and totals?
A: 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).
Q: Why is my campus stats report showing up empty?
A: 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.
Q: Can I get day-by-day stats? Or mid-month statistical reports?
A: If ChalkDUST does not meet your needs, you may contact Britannica, EBSCO, Gale, ProQuest, or TeachingBooks customer support. See http://texquest.net/statisticsfaqs for vendor contact information.