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Course & Subject Guides
Request Material in PittCat
You can request material through PittCat using Get It, even for material that we do not own. You must be signed in and then click on the item you need. Options within the item:
Request This Item
Use this to request print materials from a Pitt library or ULS - Thomas Blvd. for No-Contact Pick-Up or Home Delivery. After finding a book, click on the item, then look for Get It, Request, and follow the prompts.
Request a Scan
Use this to request a scanned book chapter or an article. After finding an article or to request a book chapter, click on the item, then look for Get It, Request, and follow the prompts.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
If you identify an item in PittCat that is not available through our collections, you can request it through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.
If you have any questions about this, please contact us so we can work with you to try and get the material you need.
Searching using Subject Headings
All items in our catalog PITTCat Classic are labeled with Subject Headings to help users quickly find the subjects they need.
Subject headings describe the main subjects or topics covered in a book, as shown by the headings in the red box on the left. All headings are hotlinked to other materials on that same topic. Simply click on a heading and PITTCat Classic will do a search and retrieve all ohter materials on that topic.
Subject headings can also suggest alternative search terms. In order to be as precise as possible about the meaning of a subject, subject headings use very specific, controlled vocabulary. You can look up the right headings for your research by using the Subject Heading Indexes located at the ground floor Hillman Library Information Desk.
Once you find the headings that fit your topic, you can search those headings by selecting the Subject Heading limiter in the Search By: menu.