card catalog

noun

Definition of card catalog

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

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Recent Examples on the Web This research was old-school, going to card catalogs and finding out how many of these books there were. John Williams, New York Times, "All the Presidents Penned," 9 Feb. 2020 Lemmons taught students how to navigate 10-pound encyclopedias and card catalogs. Koby Levin, Detroit Free Press, "School librarians have just about disappeared in Michigan amid new technologies, budget cuts," 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, "13 great Irish pubs in metro Phoenix," 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, "Creating the First Visual History of Queer Life Before Stonewall," 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, "Creating the First Visual History of Queer Life Before Stonewall," 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, "How the Humble Index Card Foresaw the Internet," 11 Feb. 2016 Remnants of its card catalog still exist today at theMundaneum museum in Mons, Belgium. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "How the Humble Index Card Foresaw the Internet," 11 Feb. 2016 There is a library with a card catalog, a 1950s National Geographic set and Monopoly and Scrabble games circa-1930. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "To Help Alzheimer’s Patients, a Care Center Re-Creates the 1950s," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of card catalog

1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Card catalog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/card%20catalog. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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card catalog

noun

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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