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.
Phrase Searching - PittCat allows for phrase searching with the use of “ “. For example, the search "climate change" will find items with the phrase climate change in them.
Wildcard and Truncation – You can use wildcards (* and ?) symbols to search PittCat.
Advanced Searching - Check the Advanced Search for more tips and techniques to enhance your search, including Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT). Note: Boolean Operators must be entered in all uppercase/capital letters.
You can create complex search strategies by combining keywords using the linking words AND, OR and NOT. For example, if your search terms are mathematics and curriculum:
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.
Because the ULS has such a large collection, subject headings are often broken down into subheadings. For example:
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: