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ENGLIT 0580: Introduction to Shakespeare - Oakland Campus

Designed to assist students in ENGLIT 0580.


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 PittCat

Signing into PittCat gives you access to the most results. The sign in option is in the upper right hand corner of your screen. 

To begin a search, enter a term in the “search anything” box. You can select Books, Articles, and More to search for items across the entire library system including journal articles, images, ebooks, and more. Use the Library Catalog option to search for items available both electronically and physically in our libraries such as books, videos, music scores and more. The Course Reserves option will help you find materials put on reserve by instructors for a specific course.

The Results Screen shows you a list of items with basic information--click on a title to get a more detailed overview of the item you’ve selected. This detailed view gives you much more information about the item. You can see where the item is located and ways to email or print the record as well as how to cite. You may also see an abstract for the item or a table of contents if available.

You can Refine Your Results by using the menu on the left. If you only want a physical copy of the book pick “library holdings” or if you want an electronic copy of a book, choose e-book.

If Full-Text Content is available, you can get the full-text by clicking on the item title or the "available online" link.

You can add Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT) into the Simple Search (the default search box) by adding them in all caps.

PittCat Basic Search

Searching for Books in PittCat


  • Enter your query in the text box in PittCat and press enter or click the green magnifying glass.
  • You can choose to search just the Library Catalog.
  • In the central panel, you will get search results, ranked by relevance.
  • Click on a result for a full view with holding information.
  • Add terms to narrow your search.


  • Refine your search results by clicking on any term on the left to focus and narrow your results.
  • Refine to Books under Resource Type.
  • Refine to your library by clicking it under Library.

Searching Tips

You can search PittCat in many ways including Author/Title/Subject, Simple, and Advanced. 

When searching in PittCat:

  • Omit all punctuation.
  • Don’t worry about capital letters.
  • Use the New Search button to start a new search.


Type of Search

Search Tips



Enter author’s last name first, then first name or initial

Omit all punctuation except for hyphenated names

twain mark  or   lovecraft h




Omit initial articles (a, an, the, der, la, el, etc.)

catcher in the rye

Journal Title

Omit initial articles (a, an, the, der, la, el, etc.)


new york times

journal of abnormal psychology


Use Library of Congress or Medical (MeSH) Subject Headings

Omit dashes in subject search

Use “See Also” and “Notes” to link to additional headings

english literature 17th century

acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

Call Number

Include periods in call numbers

Use a space between the call number and the publication date

pn1994.m379 1992