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Discovering PITTCat+: Getting Started

Get help using all the features of the library's online discovery tool, PITTCat+

PittCat

undefined 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

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.

Getting Started: Basic Searching

You can begin your Pittcat+ search on the library homepage

In this box, you should enter your search terms and click on the Search button.

The results of your search query will be displayed in a results listing like the example below.

The Result List will include articles, books, e-materials, and images. Click on the title of an item for more detailed information about the item, such as an abstract or the shelf location for a book. For articles, if full-text content is available, you can get the full-text by clicking on the item title or the "full text online" link. 

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