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Literature Reviews: Getting Materials

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.

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Access to full-text resources from off-campus is easy! 

Search as you normally do, click on the link to full-text, log in with your Pitt email login and password, and you're good to go for your entire searching session! Access will work best if you stay in the same browser.

Okay, I have a citation . . what now?

You've found some great citations, but how do you get the full-text?  Findingfull-text can sometimes be tricky.  Try these steps when you have a citation:

1.  Start by searching PITTCat+.

PITTCat+ will list all the journals we subscribe to either online or in paper. If the journal is online, the PITTCat+ record will offer a link directly to the journal database. If the ULS doesn't subscribe to the journal online, PITTCat+ will list any paper volumes and issues we have of that journal.

2.  Search for the journal via our E-Journal Search:

The E-Journal Search will tell you if we have an online subscription to the journal or publication you are seeking.  Search by the Journal title, and the result list will list the years available online.

3.  Maybe it's not online:

Not all publications are available online, or the ULS may not have an online subscription to the publication you are seeking.  Search PITTCat Classic for the journal title to see if we have it in paper.  If we do, you can go to the library that has it, or request that volume using the Get It system (see box at right).

If you don't find it in PITTCat Classic, you can request the article for free through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). ILL lets you request books or articles that the ULS doesn't have.  Find out more in the box to the right, or on the Interlibrary Loan page. .

Ways to Borrow

Get It! offers delivery of items that are not checked out to a library location that is most convenient for you!  Get it! lets everyone request delivery of books from any ULS library, ULS Storage, and regional campuses.

After finding a book, click on the Get It! symbol in the catalog record, and fill out the form. Log in using your University Computing Account (email) username and password.

To use Get it!

  1. Find the not checked out item in PITTCat+ you want
  2. Click through to PITTCat Classic
  3. Click the Get it! link in the record
  4. Log in and follow the on-screen instructions to request your item

See More HERE

Watch this Video: Using Get it! to Request Items from Storage

If Pitt Libraries don't have the books you need, you can use E-ZBorrow to request the items from other academic libraries.  Borrow an item from one of 70+ other regional libraries -- fast! You will need your Pitt ID number (starts with 2P) to use E-ZBorrow.

  • Pick up and return the items at any ULS Library. Items are generally delivered within 4-7 days
  • You will be notified via email when the book is available for pickup
  • E-ZBorrow items are checked out for six weeks with one six week renewal
  • Overdue fines are .25 per day/per item
  • The E-ZBorrow system handles requests for books. If you need a photocopy of an article, please request it through ILL (Interlibrary Loan) 
  • Your Patron ID No. is the number on your PITT ID

See More HERE

If you cannot find the materials you need from Get It! or E-Z Borrow, try Interlibrary Loan (ILL)!  You can order books or articles through this service, that will again be delivered to you for free.

ILL services are available to Pitt students, staff and faculty with a valid Pitt ID and Pitt computing account

• Articles usually arrive within 4 days and will be downloadable from your list of requests 
• Loans usually arrive within 2 weeks and will be visible from your account in PITTcat once they arrive
• Loan periods and renewals vary depending on the lending institution
• Loans can be picked up and returned at any ULS library
• Overdue fines are $1 per day per item, with no grace period
• A one-time user registration is required before making an ILL request.  You will not need to re-enter personal information every time you make a request
 
See More HERE
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