card catalog


Definition of card catalog

: a catalog (as of books) in which the entries are arranged systematically on cards

Examples of card catalog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guests are going to have fun looking at original library ledgers; library cards through the decades; an A-1 Steak Sauce Mystery display; an antique card catalog complete with vintage checkout cards and due date slips; and stamps. cleveland, 15 Jan. 2021 Filson did his part, digging through a card catalog for Charleston’s entry, then pulling out one of about 15 maps of the cemetery. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Nov. 2020 This research was old-school, going to card catalogs and finding out how many of these books there were. John Williams, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2020 Lemmons taught students how to navigate 10-pound encyclopedias and card catalogs. Koby Levin, Detroit Free Press, 9 Mar. 2020 Skeptical Chymist Named for Irish author Robert Boyle’s book, this rustic watering hole takes its inspiration to the limit with wood furnishings, vintage books and antique-y wooden card catalog boxes between chalkboards with beer offerings. Georgann Yara, azcentral, 28 Feb. 2020 Today, researchers can skip the experience of rummaging through card catalogs, or wearing white gloves while staring at delicate 35mm film. Andrea Weiss, The Atlantic, 30 June 2019 Gay or lesbian images were not yet identified or categorized as such in the card catalogs of libraries. Andrea Weiss, The Atlantic, 30 June 2019 Using Otlet's Universal Decimal Classification, the two men and their staff created an index card catalog with bibliographies on every card. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, 11 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of card catalog

1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of card catalog was in 1854

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“Card catalog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of card catalog

US : a set of cards in a library that have information about books, journals, etc., written on them and are arranged in alphabetical order

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