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+.
The Information Search Worksheet below will help to refine a research topic. The Scholarly Information online tutorial will assist in determining if an article is scholarly. You may also want to consult the book Evaluating Research Articles From Start to Finish, 3rd. ed., 2011, by Ellen R. Girden. This book is available at the Bradford Campus Library Q180.55.E9 G57 2011. Also, don't forget to review the Avoiding Plagiarism video as plagiarism is a serious offense at the college level.
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