PITTCat+ is the gateway searching tool for all of the materials owned by the University Library system (ULS), including articles, books, e-books, journals, e-journals, e-audio and e-video, digital images, government documents, microfilm and movies.
Combining Search Terms - You can craft complex searches using Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT. These operators must be written in ALL CAPS. The PITTCat+ searching default is the AND operator.
Phrase Searching - PITTCat+ allows for phrase searching with the use of “ “. For example, the search "pittsburgh renaissance" will find items with the phrase pittsburgh renaissance in them.
Wildcard and Trucation – You can use wildcard (*) and truncation (?) symbols to search PITTCat+.
You can create complex search strategies by combining keywords using the linking words AND, OR and NOT. For example, if your search terms are mathematics and curriculum:
Subject headings describe the main subjects or topics covered in a book. All items in our catalog PITTCat Classic are labeled with subject headings to help users quickly find the subjects they need. Searching by subject heading is also a great way to quickly search for specific subject areas. To search by subject heading, select the Subject Heading limiter in the Search By: menu.
The general subject heading for 19th Century English literature is English Literature 19th Century.
Because the ULS has such a large collection, subject headings are often broken down into subheadings. For example:
To find materials on a particular author, search the author’s name by last name first name. For critical material on that author’s work, look for the subheading CRITICISM and INTERPRETATION. For example: