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Public Speaking - Johnstown Campus

This guide will help Public Speaking students find source content for their informative and persuasive speeches.

PittCat

PittCat PittCat is the main searching tool for all of the materials owned by the University Library System (ULS), including articles, books, ebooks, journal articles, ejournals, audio and video, digital images, government documents, microfilm and movies.

PittCat Advanced Search Video Tutorial

Finding Materials in Owen Library

When you click on a title in PittCat, you will see both a call number and location information for the title. Owen Library's collections include:

  1. Reference Collection - these books include dictionaries, encyclopedias, statistics, and more -- good for finding facts and background info. Reference materials do not circulate outside of the library.
  2. General Collection - these books cover a range of topics and content from theory to fiction to biographies. Books in Owen Library are organized by the Library of Congress classification scheme and similarly themed books are grouped together. Books on public speaking in general are classified with a PN call number. For example, if you find a relevant book with a call number of PN4121, browse the collection shelved in that area. Chances are, you will find another book that will be equally helpful. General Collection materials may be borrowed with your Pitt ID.
  3. Periodicals - these journals and periodicals cover a range of disciplines. They are arranged in alphabetical order by title. Many ejournals are also accesible online using PittCat. Periodicals do not circulate outside of the library.

To find a collection's specific location, consult the Owen Library floor plans.

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.