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Use Google Analytics 4 with WorldCat Discovery

Learn how to use Google Analytics 4 in WorldCat Discovery.

Add Google Analytics 4 support to your site

 Note: Google Analytics 4 has replaced with Universal Analytics.

First, create a property in your Google Analytics account.

 Note:  WorldCat Discovery instructs Google Analytics to use anonymous IPs. Google Anonymization will use and store the first part of the IP to gather general location data. To read more on Google IP anonymization in analytics please refer to Google's support documentation on IP anonymization.

Enable Google Analytics

  1. Go to http://www.google.com/analytics/.
  2. Retrieve your Measurement ID
  3. Refer to Measurement ID for more information. 

 Note: Measurement ID starts with a G-

Enable Google Analytics for WorldCat Discovery

  1. Sign in to OCLC Service Configuration, open the Third Party Integrations section and select Google Analytics.
  2. Toggle Enable Google Analytics 4
  3. Enter your Google Analytics Measurement ID into the text field.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Go to Google Analytics to see the data collected for WorldCat Discovery.
    • Per Google, it can take up to 30 minutes for data to begin appearing in your new GA4 property. Some reports can take 24-48 hours to appear.

Refer to the WorldCat Discovery Community Center (sign in required) to discuss using Google Analytics for WorldCat Discovery.  

About custom dimensions in GA4

Once you add Google Analytics 4 (GA4) tracking to your website, use the real-time data and the standard reports to view and analyze your data. Refer to Understanding Google Analytics Reports (GA4). You can also set up custom dimensions to track additional data WorldCat Discovery supports to collect more meaningful data specific to your site. Refer to Custom dimensions and metrics (GA4).

GA4 tracks:

  • event_name
  • event_parameters

Set up event parameters with specific events to create custom dimensions. Afterward, use these custom dimensions to generate custom reports to help you visualize your analytics data.

In GA4, the event name is the top-level way of identifying events. GA4 allows us to send additional event parameters along with events. These can vary based on the event name. View these event parameters in the Realtime view when you drill down into events. To be able to drill down into their values over the longer-term analysis views in Google Analytics, as well as to build custom reports based on them, it is necessary to add custom dimensions for each unique event parameter.

Once added, new events will have the parameters processed as custom dimensions, and those values will be usable in reports.

Events

Events automatically generated by Google Analytics can be reviewed at [GA4] Automatically collected events.

For a list of some of the common events generated by WorldCat Discovery, refer to the below table. Contact OCLC Support for assistance with additional events.

Locatie Event Type Action Event Name
Header click Users click Advanced search link from navigation bar Click Advanced Search
Header click Users click Course Reserves link from navigation bar Click Course Reserves Link
Header click User clicks Sign in link Click Sign in
Header  mousedown User selects Institution Logo Select Institution Logo
Header  mousedown User selects Resources menu from the navigation bar and selects an item from the list Navigate Library Resource Link
Footer click User expands language picker drop-down menu Click Footer-Language link
Footer  click  User clicks A to Z Journal link in footer Click Footer-Library Links-A to Z Journals
Footer click User clicks Proxy Authentication link in footer Click Footer-Library Links- Proxy Authentication
Footer click User clicks WSILL form link in footer Click Footer-Library Links-WS ILL form
Footer click User clicks Course Reserves link in footer Click Footer-Library Links-Course reserves
Advanced Search change User clicks ALl checkbox for Databases Group Change Select All for [Databases Group]
Advanced Search click User clicks All checkbox for Databases Group Click Select All for [Databases Group]
Advanced Search change User clicks database checkbox for Databases Group Change Select All for [Databases Group]
Advanced Search click User clicks All checkbox for Databases Group Click Select All for [Databases Group]
Advanced Search change User clicks database checkbox Change Click on [Database Name] from [Database Group
Advanced Search     click User clicks database checkbox Click on [Database Name] from [Database Group
Advanced Search     click User clicks Search Term text box Click adv-module-searchterm_[text box number]
Advanced Search     change

User enters terms in Search Term text box

Change adv-module-searchterm_[text box number]

Advanced Search     change

User clicks Seach index from drop-down menu

Change selected-index-[search index menu number]-adv-search-module

Course Reserves click

User clicks search text box

Click Course Search Box

Course Reserves     change

User enters text in search box

Change Course Search Box

Course Reserves     click

User clicks search button

Click Search Course Reserves

Course Reserves     click

User expands Sorted by drop-down menu

Click Sort Course Reserves

Course Reserves     change

User clicks sort option from drop-down menu

Change Sort Course Reserves

Course Reserves     click

User clicks All status filter

Click All Courses Status Filter

Course Reserves     click

User clicks Active status filter

Click Active Courses Status Filter

Course Reserves     click

User clicks Inactive status filter

Click Inactive Courses Status Filter

Course Reserves     click

User clicks Course Name link

Click Course Name Link

Basic Search click User clicks Search button Select Search Button
Basic Search click User clicks a search suggestion from the search box Select Search Suggestion Option

Search Results

click

User has entered search terms into the search box from the search results page and initiated a search

SearchEventCustom

Search Results

click

User has selected a facet

Select Facet

Search Results

mousedown

User has clicked on the title from the search results

Navigate Brief Result Title Link

Search Results

click

User click Elink

Select Elink

Item Details click

User has clicked the Place Hold or ILL request button

Select Fulfillment CTA 

A to Z Journal

click

User clicked the Browse Tab on the AtoZ search page

Click Browse Tab

A to Z Journal

click

User clicked the Search button on the Article search page

Click ilr-form-search-article

A to Z Journal

click

User clicked Edit Search button on the search results page

Click Edit Search

A to Z Journal

click

User clicked Full Text link on the item details page

Click Full Text Article Link

A to Z Journal

click

User clicked export button for [Citaiton Service name]

Click Export to [Citation Service]

Parameters

For a list of some of the common parameters generated by WorldCat Discovery, refer to the below table. Contact OCLC Support for assistance with additional parameters.

Parameter Description
eventType Type of event (click, mousedown, change, etc.)
 
event_name

Name of the event (Click Advanced Search, Click Course Search Box, Select Elink, etc.)

pageName

Page the event took place on (Advanced Search, Search, Item Details, etc.)

pageSection

Section the event took place in (Search Box, Refine Search, Access Options, etc.)

queryParams_databaseList    
 

Database IDs corresponding to the databases selected for search (WorldCat.org, Academic Search Complete, Directory of Open Access Journals, etc.)

queryParams_clusterResults

Hide Duplicates enabled: True/False

queryParams_groupVariantRecords

Group Editions and Formats enabled: True/False

queryParams_queryString

Search terms entered

queryParams_expandSearch

Expand search with related enabled: True/False

queryParams_lang

Display language

queryParms_translateSearch

Translate Search enabled: True/False

referrer

The address of the webpage where a person clicked a link that sent them to the page