ChalkDUST


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ChalkDUST is a statistics reporting tool for the TexQuest Databases Program.

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Stats will be provided for:
School Year 2014


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  • ( Sep 2020 - Aug 2021 )
  • ( Sep 2019 - Aug 2020 )
  • ( Sep 2018 - Aug 2019 )
  • ( Sep 2017 - Aug 2018 )
  • ( Sep 2016 - Aug 2017 )
  • ( Sep 2015 - Aug 2016 )
  • ( Sep 2014 - Aug 2015 )
  • ( Sep 2013 - Aug 2014 )



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ChalkDUST FAQ
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About ChalkDUST Getting Stats Understanding Stats Troubleshooting


About ChalkDUST
Getting Stats

Are there any changes to the TexQuest resources?

1. The Britannica eBooks subscription ended in June, 2019.

2. Beginning in 2019, most TexQuest resources began using three new statistics: Total_Item_Investigations, Total_Item_Requests, and Searches_Regular. These new statistics 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. Some TexQuest product name changes have recently gone into effect. ChalkDUST will list these resources with both the new and former product names.


What will I need to retrieve my usage statistics?

You'll need:

  1. This URL: www.tsl.state.tx.us/texquest/chalkdust/
  2. Your 6-digit district or 9-digit campus TEA ID number
  3. A spreadsheet program such as Excel, able to read comma-delimited files.
  4. This free MS Excel Viewer -- with limited functionality.
  5. Google Sheets is a free application that also has some spreadsheet functionality

Comma-delimited files? What's that?

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.

Understanding Stats

Why are TexQuest statistics changing?

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.

Is there a “cross walk” for the old and new TexQuest statistics?

The old and new TexQuest statistics are not directly equivalent. Total_Item_Requests are similar to Full Text Documents, however, the new statistic includes all materials and file types. Total_Item_Investigations are similar to Record Views plus Result Clicks plus Full Text Documents. Searches_Regular are equivalent to Regular Searches (aka Searches). See the next section for details and graphics.

What is the difference between Record Views and Result Clicks?

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:
Code Practice
Guides to Counter

What are the Full Text Documents statistics on ChalkDUST?

ChalkDUST includes old Full Text Documents statistics from Britannica, Gale, and EBSCO’s eBooks and LearningExpress. The new statistic, Total_Item_Requests, is the closest equivalent to the old Full Text Documents statistic and includes all materials and file types. ChalkDUST includes new Total_Item_Requests from Infobase, ProQuest, and TeachingBooks.

How do I view statistics for a particular month or for a database? How do I derive subtotals and totals?

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).

Troubleshooting

Why is my campus-level or district-level statistics report showing no results?

Some school districts use a single login and password for all the campuses in the district. When this is the case, campus-level statistics cannot be downloaded from ChalkDUST, only district-level statistics can. You can contact the vendors for your campus usage statistics. See TexQuest Statistics FAQs for vendor contact information. If you have questions about this, please 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 campus-level or district-level TEA-ID numbers, you will not be able to download these TexQuest usage statistics for those vendors from ChalkDUST. You can contact the vendors for these usage statistics. See TexQuest Statistics FAQs for vendor contact information. If you have questions about this, please check with your campus/district database coordinator or contact.

Can I get day-by-day statistics or mid-month statistics reports?

ChalkDUST does not offer these reports. You can contact the vendors for these usage statistics. See TexQuest Statistics FAQs for vendor contact information.

Who do I contact if I think something is wrong with my ChalkDUST statistics?

ChalkDUST was created and is maintained by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC). TSLAC contact: K12@tsl.texas.gov