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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

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.

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.