Skip to main content

Discovering PITTCat+: Advanced Search

Get help using all the features of the library's online discovery tool, PITTCat+

PittCat+ Advanced Search

The Advanced Search interface can be accessed by clicking on "Advanced Search" to the right of the search box. (It's circled in red in the example below.)


The Advanced Search interface looks like the one below and there are many options for limiting and/or expanding your search.

Advanced Search Dropdown Menus

-The drop down menu listed under All Fields provides a list of searchable fields such as Title, Author, Subject Terms, Abstract, ISBN, etc. For example, Publication Title allows you to limit your results to a specific journal title such as The New England Journal of Medicine.   

- Publication date range allows you to input a publication date range. With this feature, you can limit your search to more recent or older materials.

- Show Content type allows you to limit your search to Archival material, Image, or Book Chapter.

- Searches can be also limited by Language (e.g. Chinese, English, French, Spanish).

- Show only allows you to narrow down the search to full text, scholarly materials, peer reviewed articles, etc. 

- Using Exclude from results you can eliminate certain materials such as Newspaper articles, Book reviews, Dissertations/Theses from the search results. 

Boolean Operators

Boolean operators connect your search words together to either narrow or broaden your results. 

  • The three basic boolean operators are: AND, OR, and NOT.

Boolean operators help you to:

  • focus a search, particularly when your topic contains multiple search terms.  
  • connect various pieces of information to find exactly what you're looking for. 

Use AND in a search to:

  • narrow your results
  • tell the database that ALL search terms must be present in the resulting records
  • example: cloning AND humans AND ethics

Use OR in a search to:

  • connect two or more similar concepts (synonyms)
  • broaden your results, telling the database that ANY of your search terms can be present in the resulting records
  • example: cloning OR genetics OR reproduction

Use NOT in a search to:

  • exclude words from your search
  • narrow your search, telling the database to ignore concepts that may be implied by your search terms
  • example:  cloning NOT sheep