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card catalog

n.
An alphabetical listing, especially of books in a library, containing information about each item, historically on cards in a file.

card′ cat`alog


n.
a file of cards listing the items in the collection of a library.
[1850–55, Amer.]
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Noun1.card catalog - a library catalog in which each publication is described on a separate file cardcard catalog - a library catalog in which each publication is described on a separate file card
library catalog, library catalogue - an enumeration of all the resources of a library
2.card catalog - an alphabetical listing of items (e.g., books in a library) with a separate card for each item
file cabinet, filing cabinet, file - office furniture consisting of a container for keeping papers in order
Rolodex - (trademark) a desktop rotary card index with removable cards; usually used for names, addresses, and telephone numbers; "a news reporter has to have a good Rolodex"
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The card catalog evolved out of the need for a standardized system to manage rapidly expanding libraries, serving as both a repository for data and a search tool in a pre-digital age.
No preview available" is limited to basic card catalog information.
The library's signature service, its catalog, uses rules for cataloging that are remnants of a long-departed technology: the card catalog.
From being able to research online, without going through a card catalog to sending a message electronically, without stamps, people have become rather spoiled.
Hampshire's collection, stored in an old card catalog and currently featuring a dozen easy-to-harvest plants, may be the first of its kind in an academic library.
The best way to describe it is to think of a card catalog in a library.
Visit the second floor of the library and you will find an old-fashioned card catalog cabinet filled with seeds of flowers, herbs and edibles plants.
When I arrived as his successor in 1982, I found numerous slips in the card catalog for orders placed up to the previous day, not because Kostas was reluctant to relinquish control but because he wanted to ensure the integrity of the collection.
To search the collection in the children's room, it was necessary to go to the card catalog there.
The wooden card catalog stood sentry in one corner of the library.
The collections had never been studied systematically until now, and a complete catalog of the 4500 scores did not actually exist: the previous card catalog was mostly used for internal needs.
Young Bridgett's library may still have a card catalog, but the chaos that her pets--which range from a little frog to a very big elephant--create makes this a timeless, laugh out loud tour.