Metropolitan State University Reports Significant Increases in Database Usage Since Summon was Introduced

Metropolitan State University Library subscribes to three database which Minitex subsidizes and for which they provide us usage data. I received the first quarter usage data from Minitex a few weeks ago for Project Muse, ScienceDirect, and CINAHL, and the numbers are quite interesting with respect to our implementation of Summon. 

We had seen an uptick in the use of ScienceDirect in the 4th quarter of 2012 after we brought Summon online in October, but we weren’t certain if there was a correlation or not.   

However, in comparing the first quarter of 2012 (pre-Summon) with the first quarter of 2013 (post-Summon), we observed a significant increase in the number of successful full-text article requests by library users:

ScienceDirect – 2012 = 585     2013 = 2,920  (a 499% increase)

Project Muse – 2012 = 460      2013 = 1,771  (a 385% increase)

CINAHL –         2012 = 6,618   2013 = 5,919 (a 10.6% decrease)  (I suspect usage of this database may be affected by differences in course offerings from year to year.)

The total for 2012 = 7,663 and for 2013 = 10,610, an overall increase of  385%, numbers which seem to indicate that students and faculty are discovering items in these databases that they weren’t previously locating.

This is, of course, a small sample, so these results may not be typical, but I am very curious to see what the second quarter numbers will be. Please feel free to share as you wish.

Bruce Willms
Acting Dean
Library and Information Services
Metropolitan State University
645 E. 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106

Minnesota State University, Mankato
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