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Literature Reviews: PITTCat+

This guide is designed to offer guidance for completing a literature review, and will link you to resources, techniques, and advanced approaches to conducting and writing a literature review.

1. Searching PITTCat+

2. Refining Your PITTCat+ Search

3. Finding Books in the Library

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 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 our 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 content is available, you can get the full-text by clicking on the item title or the "full text online" link. 

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, and more.

If Full-Text Content is available, you can get the full-text by clicking on the item title or the "full text online" link.

 

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+.