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Pitt EXCEL Summer Research Internship - Oakland Campus: Using the Library @ Pitt

This guide assists students in the Pitt EXCEL SRI program with an introduction to library resources and resources for literature reviews.

Using the Library @ Pitt

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.

PittCat+, University of Pittsburgh, University Library System

Search PITTCat+ for articles, books, & more



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.

After finding a book, click on the Get It! symbol in the catalog record, and fill out the form. Log in using your University Computing Account (email) username and password.

To use Get it!

  1. Find the not checked out item in PITTCat+ you want
  2. Click through to PITTCat Classic
  3. Click the Get it! link in the record
  4. Log in and follow the on-screen instructions to request your item

See More HERE

E-ZBORROW: Borrowing Books from Nearby Academic Libraries

If Pitt Libraries don't have the books you need, you can use E-ZBorrow to request the items from other academic libraries.  Borrow an item from one of 70+ other regional libraries -- fast! You will need your Pitt ID number (starts with 2P) to use E-ZBorrow.

  • Pick up and return the items at any ULS Library. Items are generally delivered within 4-7 days
  • You will be notified via email when the book is available for pickup
  • E-ZBorrow items are checked out for six weeks with one six week renewal
  • Overdue fines are .25 per day/per item
  • The E-ZBorrow system handles requests for books. If you need a photocopy of an article, please request it through ILL (Interlibrary Loan) 
  • Your Patron ID No. is the number on your PITT ID

See More HERE

INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL): Getting Books & Articles from Other Libraries

If you cannot find the materials you need from Get It! or E-Z Borrow, try Interlibrary Loan (ILL)!  You can order books or articles through this service, that will again be delivered to you for free.

ILL services are available to Pitt students, staff and faculty with a valid Pitt ID and Pitt computing account

• Articles usually arrive within 4 days and will be downloadable from your list of requests 
• Loans usually arrive within 2 weeks and will be visible from your account in PITTcat once they arrive
• Loan periods and renewals vary depending on the lending institution
• Loans can be picked up and returned at any ULS library
• Overdue fines are $1 per day per item, with no grace period
• A one-time user registration is required before making an ILL request.  You will not need to re-enter personal information every time you make a request
See More HERE

REQUEST: Ask Us to Buy a Book

If we don't have it, you can request that a book be purchased and added to the collection. Fill out the form, or contact your liaison librarian, Judy Brink.

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.

PITTCat+ search results screen with full text filter on left highlighted

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:

  1. From the library homepage, select the large PITTCat+ icon at the top-center of the page
  2. Enter your search terms as you would in any search engine (e.g. Google)
  3. Using the filters to the left of the results screen, refine by content type "Book/eBook" and look for the orange "online" icon
  4. Use the additional filters to further narrow your search

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.

Get it button is located in the middle of the top menu

  1. Click the Get it! button on the item record page.
  2. Sign in with your Pitt username and password
  3. Change the dropdown menu from Recall to Get it!
  4. Choose your desired pick up location and Submit Request

*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.