This guide was created to assist the students in the Summer, 2017 HAA 040 Introduction to Western Architecture class on the Oakland Campus, in which the students were tasked with writing a research paper on a Pittsburgh building.
Write a list of search terms
Before you begin searching create lists of keywords that describe your topic.
Use a thesaurus to stimulate your word choice and to generate synonyms for the concept.
Use Subject Headings
Refine your search in PITTCat+
Refining your search to the Frick Fine Arts LibraryLocation can be helpful if you want to make sure an item is located in this library.
Document your search
Once you begin searching, document what is returned by your first query.Scan the summaries of these results for related terms that will help you refine your keywords.