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As Wisconsin's Online Library, BadgerLink provides access to 50 licensed resources spanning multiple interests and formats. Resources are used at over 850 schools, libraries, community organizations around the state, and from the comfort of home!

If you are a school, library, or community organization and are looking for your BadgerLink usage statistics, contact us to learn more.

BadgerLink Resource Statistics

Historically, database usage was tracked by searches, sessions, and pageviews. However, most of these metrics are no longer supported by COUNTER-compliant vendors. COUNTER provides the Code of Practice, the standard which ensures vendors and publishers can provide their library customers with consistent, credible and comparable usage data. 

The BadgerLink Usage Statistics table continues to include this data. The new Successful Retrievals reflects a combination of metrics showing the "number of full-content units or descriptive records examined, downloaded, or otherwise supplied to a user."

BadgerLink Usage Statistics

  Searches Sessions** Pageviews Successful Retrievals
2019 78,877,501 1,042,641 8,456,158 9,254,409
2018 106,800,976 1,141,304 9,493,529 10,303,806
2017 104,048,222 1,545,381 10,230,712 12,599,558
2016 112,645,487 1,860,494 11,572,283 11,995,892
2015 109,182,064 2,548,005 13,711,527 11,677,580
2014 121,380,641 79,878,515 12,365,513 10,935,337

**The Release 4 COUNTER Code of Practice for e-Resources (used by EBSCO, Gale, ProQuest, and no longer reports session counts.

Successful Retrievals of Electronic Information

BadgerLink successful retrievals chart for 2014-2019

What Metrics Are Collected To Determine Successful Retrievals? 

All BadgerLink vendors provide a metric that demonstrates retrievals, or the act leading to a retrieval. The chart below shows the best available metric used to determine successful retrievals. 


Vendor Metric Collected
Access NewspaperARCHIVE (2014 - June 2018) Pageviews
Britannica Digital Learning (2014 - ) Documents & Media (accessed)
EBSCO (2014 - 2018) Result Clicks
EBSCO (2019 - ) Total Item Investigations
Gale (2014 - June 2018) Result Clicks
HeritageQuest Online (2014 - ) Searches
LearningExpress Library (2014 - ) Total # of Resources (accessed)
ProQuest (Nov 2018 - ) Result Clicks
ProQuest U.S. Newsstream (Oct 2018 - 2019) Result Clicks
ProQuest U.S. Newsstream (2020 - ) Total Item Investigations
TeachingBooks (2014 - 2019) Result Clicks
TeachingBooks (2020 - ) Total (Item) Investigations
Wisconsin Newspaper Association (Archive of WI Newspapers) (2014 - ) Pageviews

Statistics Class

Learn about what statistics are tracked, what standards we follow, and what data is available for schools and libraries from this 11/28/2017 recording.

Statistics Class

Public Library Annual Reports

Computer screen with data displayed

The 2016 Public Library Annual Report included a new section for tracking the successful retrievals of electronic information within electronic collections, otherwise known as databases or electronic resources. While many libraries purchase their own electronic collections, a bulk of this data would come from the state-provided resources in BadgerLink.

We worked with systems and/or libraries to make updates with participating content providers to allow for individual usage statistics to be captured, and library systems will be continually updated with guidance on how to understand and use their data during the Annual Report process.

For more information, see the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog posts: