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Religion in Asia - Oakland Campus: PITTCat+

This guide was designed to supplement the material in class lectures by presenting relevant databases to use in your search for books and articles. There is also information on how to distinguish between popular and scholarly articles.

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 Truncation – You can use wildcards (* and ?) symbols to search PITTCat+.

Print, Save, & Export

To save a list of records, mouse-over the upper right corner of each record in the result list to activate the Save this item folder icon. Click on the folder icon to save items to the Saved Items folder that displays at the top of your screen. You can print, email, or export your selected records from this temporary folder.

Use the export feature in the folder to save the items to your account in RefWorks, EndNote, or other citation management product.


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 PITTCAT+



Enter your search terms and click on the Search Library button. PITTCAT+ will offer correct

spellings, and search for variations of your search terms.


The Result List will include articles, books, e-materials, and images. Click on the title of

an item for more detailed information about the item, such as an abstract or the shelf

location for a book. If full-text is available, you can access it by clicking on the full-text icon to the left of the item.


You can Refine your results by using the options on the left. Narrow your results to items

in the catalog, a specific campus, format, publication date, limiting to scholarly

information, or more.



 a search in PITTCat Plus for Buddhism and Modernity. Further down in the image is a display of some of the search results. One of the titles is Beyond Enlightenment: Buddhism, Religion, Modernity.

Can't Find It?

If we do not have a particular book, article or other resource in our collection, you can borrow it from another campus or local, national or worldwide library through our free interlibrary loan services.