This example account has access to two “databases”, one of which is a collection of databases.

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Three of the databases in the ProQuest Hospital Collection also include Deep Indexing information (additional information that will appear in the search results page listed as “Images”, typically consisting of charts or graphs.)

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The Database Activity usage report will list all databases with multiple components (including Deep Indexing information) at the top of the usage report. This is why you see entry for ProQuest Hospital Collection at the top of the report with three databases listed under it.

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The Database Activity usage report lists out all of the individual databases. There are 2 individual databases in the ProQuest Hospital Collection that do not have the Deep Indexing information included in them, so there is another listing for the ProQuest Hospital Collection consisting of those individual databases.

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There are the other individual databases the account has access to that are not part of a collection (British Nursing Index).

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There are three sections of databases in this report.

  1. ProQuest Hospital Collection entry that consists of the databases with multiple components
  2. ProQuest Hospital Collection entry that consists of the individual databases
  3. Individual databases (British Nursing Index).
The content numbers for each of those three groups will add up to the Subtotal at the bottom of the report.
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For Searches, ProQuest allows for what we refer to as “cross-searching”. You can search across multiple databases at the same time. If a single search is performed across both the ProQuest Hospital Collection and the British Nursing Index, every database involved will have the “number of searches” performed for it in the usage reports incremented by one. A researcher can also limit the databases they are searching across.
NOTE: You may be providing links to specific databases. Nothing will stop a researcher from adjusting the number of databases involved in their search once they access the ProQuest database through a database-specific link though

The subtotal at the bottom of the Database Activity usage report is a total of all the databases involved in all of the searches. If a single cross-search is performed across 5 databases, the subtotal will increment by 5.

The Total Unique Searches however is not affected by the number of databases involved. If a single cross-search is performed across 5 databases, the “Total Unique Searches” is incremented by 1.