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Course & Subject Guides

English Department - Oakland Campus

A guide to library services and resources related to the field of English.

Searching for Books in PittCat

Search

  • Enter your query in the text box in PittCat and press enter or click the green magnifying glass.
  • You can choose to search just the Library Catalog.
  • In the central panel, you will get search results, ranked by relevance.
  • Click on a result for a full view with holding information.
  • Add terms to narrow your search.

Refine

  • Refine your search results by clicking on any term on the left to focus and narrow your results.
  • Refine to Books under Resource Type.
  • Refine to your library by clicking it under Library.

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:

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

Subject headings describe the main subjects or topics covered in a book.  All print material is labeled with Library of Congress subject headings to help users quickly find the subjects they need.  Browsing PittCat by subject heading is also a great way to quickly search for specific subject areas.  To search by subject heading, use the Browse feature, and select Library of Congress Subject Headings.

The general subject heading for 19th Century English literature is English Literature 19th Century. 

  • ENGLISH LITERATURE 19TH CENTURY

Because the ULS has such a large collection, subject headings are often broken down into subheadings.  For example:

  • ENGLISH LITERATURE 19TH CENTURY  BIBLIOGRAPHIES
  • ENGLISH LITERATURE 19TH CENTURY  CRITICISM AND INTERPRETATION
  • ENGLISH LITERATURE 19TH CENTURY  HISTORY AND CRITICISM


To find materials on a particular author, use PittCat, click on Browse and select Name (By or About), to search the author’s name by last name first name.  For critical material on that author’s work, look for the subheading CRITICISM and INTERPRETATION.  For example:

  • AUSTEN JANE
  • HARDY THOMAS
  • WILDE OSCAR CRITICISM AND INTERPRETATION