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February 19, 2009

PittCat+ up and running

The University Library System’s PittCat online library catalog has become a classic. The new PittCat+ now is the primary way to search for books, articles, CDs, DVDs and other library materials.

PittCat+ was in test mode during the fall term (see Aug. 28, 2008, University Times) and now is fully functional, library officials say.

The new catalog features a “word cloud” that suggests related terms and a function allowing users to refine searches with one click to narrow their request by publication date, format, availability and more.

The system can display cover images, tables of contents and book reviews for many books and users can save and tag lists of items in a “My Discoveries” feature.

In addition, searches can be saved as an RSS feed to alert users when relevant items are added to the library.

Those who prefer PittCat classic can continue to use it by clicking on the PittCat+ tab at for a link.

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