This guide is meant to help with using library resources and conducting literature reviews as part of the Pitt EXCEL Program. If you have any questions at any time, your personal engineering librarians are here to help!
Welcome to the ULS!
This brief video will show you five tips to get started with your research at the ULS.
Searching the Library Catalog:
PITTCat Classic is our library catalog. It will help you find books, magazines, videos, and other whole items in our collection. PITTCat Classic does not lead you to individual articles, but will let you search for a particular journal.
PITTCat+is the gateway searching tool for all of the materials owned by the University Library system (ULS), including articles, books, e-books, journals, e-journals, e-audio and e-video, digital images, government documents, microfilm and movies.
GET IT!: Borrowing from within Pitt
Get It! offers delivery of items that are not checked out to a library location that is most convenient for you! Get it! lets everyone request delivery of books from any ULS library, ULS Storage, and regional campuses.
E-ZBORROW: Borrowing Books from Nearby Academic Libraries
INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL): Getting Books & Articles from Other Libraries
Tips for Searching PITTCat+:
Enter your search terms and click on the Search Library button. PITTCat+ will offer correct spellings, and search for variations of our search terms.
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. If full-text content is available, you can get the full-text by clicking on the item title or the "full text online" link.
You can Refine Your Results by using the options on the left. Narrow your results to items in the catalog, a specific campus, format, publication date, limiting to scholarly information, and more.
If Full-Text Content is available, you can get the full-text by clicking on the item title or the "full text online" link.
Finding Full-Text with Google Scholar:
Learn how to set up Library Links through Google Scholar to get access to full-text content.
Searching for eBooks in PITTCat+:
To access PITTCat+, use the search bar on the ULS homepage as you would any web search engine. Then follow these steps:
Finding Engineering Books:
In addition to the Bevier Engineering Library, books that may be relevant to your research might also be found at other ULS libraries or ULS Storage facility. If you would like to have a book sent to the Engineering Library from another ULS Library, use the Get It! function on the item record page.
*Please note that to request a book from the Health Sciences Library System (Falk Library), you will need to submit an Interlibrary Loan request*
eBook Providers @ Pitt:
Pitt has a variety of eBooks from the following vendors, each of which can be searched by subject. See the eBooks @ Pitt guide for more information.