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Advanced Topics in Public and Professional Writing: The Language of Medicine - Oakland Campus

A guide to assist students in April Flynn's Spring 2017 Advanced Topics in Public and Professional Writing: The Language of Medicine course.

PITTCat+

Search PITTCat+ for articles, books, & more

 

 

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.

 

Searching Techniques

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 TrucationYou can use wildcard (*) and truncation (?) symbols to search PITTCat+.

Combining Search Terms

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:

  • AND – Narrows and focuses the search results. The search mathematics and curriculum will bring only results where both the terms mathematics and curriculum are present.
  • OR – Broadens the search results. Using or will bring results where the term mathematics is present, or results where curriculum is present, or results where both terms are present. Or is useful if you have more than one way to refer to a concept -- Example: elementary or primary.
  • NOT Excludes anything where the term after the NOT is present.

Searching using Subject Headings

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. 

  • ENGLISH LITERATURE 19TH CENTURY

Because the ULS has such a large collection, subject headings are often broken down into subheadings.  For example:

  • ENGLISH LITERATURE 19TH CENTURY  BIBLIOGRAPHIES
  • ENGLISH LITERATURE 19TH CENTURY  CRITICISM AND INTERPRETATION
  • ENGLISH LITERATURE 19TH CENTURY  HISTORY AND CRITICISM


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:

  • AUSTEN JANE
  • HARDY THOMAS
  • WILDE OSCAR CRITICISM AND INTERPRETATION