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Non-Fiction Writing Workshop - Oakland Campus: Searching Pitt Libraries

A guide for graduate student research in ENG 2310 with professor Maggie Jones.


PittCat+, University of Pittsburgh, University Library System

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.


PITTCat Classic

PITTCat Classic is our library catalog. It will help you find books, magazines, videos, and other whole items in our collection.  PITTCat Classic does not lead you to individual articles, but will let you search for a particular journal.

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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 TruncationWildcard and truncation symbols can also be used when searching PITTCat+. The * will match any number of characters at the end of a word and the ? symbol will match one letter in a word.

Library Locations and Directions

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A complete list of Library locations and directions can be found on this page.