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As Wisconsin's Online Library, BadgerLink provides access to over 60 licensed resources spanning multiple interests and formats. Resources are used at over 850 Wisconsin schools, libraries, and 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 Usage Data: Successful Retrievals of Electronic Information

Successful Retrievals reflects a combination of metrics from all BadgerLink vendors, showing the "number of full-content units or descriptive records examined, downloaded, or otherwise supplied to a user." 

2018-2021 Successful Retrievals Chart

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 (2016 - June 2018) Pageviews
Britannica Digital Learning (2016 - ) Documents & Media
EBSCO (2016 - ) Total Item Investigations
Gale (2016 - June 2018) Result Clicks
HeritageQuest Online (2016 - ) Searches
LearningExpress Library (2016 - ) Total # of Resources
ProQuest (Nov 2018 - ) Result Clicks
ProQuest U.S. Newsstream (Oct 2018 - 2019) Result Clicks
ProQuest U.S. Newsstream (2020 - ) Total Item Investigations
TeachingBooks (2016 - 2019) Result Clicks
TeachingBooks (2020 - ) Total (Item) Investigations
Wisconsin Newspaper Association Archive of WI Newspapers (2016 - ) Pageviews

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: