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 Trucation – You can use wildcard (*) and truncation (?) symbols to search PITTCat+.
To save a list of records, mouse-over the upper right corner of each record in the result list to activate the Save this item folder icon. Click on the folder icon to save items to the Saved Items folder that displays at the top of your screen. You can print, email, or export your selected records from this temporary folder.
Use the export feature in the folder to save the items to your account in RefWorks, EndNote, or other citation management product.
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.
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.
Adding subdivisions to a PITTCat+ search will help you to locate primary source materials. For example, if you need primary sources on the Holocaust, perform a keyword search by entering the terms "Holocaust survivors interviews." Other subdivision terms that can be used to locate primary sources are:
Restricting by Date of Publication or Format
Limiting sources to a particular date of publication will help you to locate contemporary sources published at the time of an event. For example, if you are studying British Literature during WWII, refine your search results by using the publication date limiters on the right to retrieve novels published only during the years 1939 to 1945.
Limit a search by format
Select archives/manuscripts, map, videos and dvds, photos and images, music, or music scores from the format list on the left as appropriate to your need.