card index

a file or catalog consisting of cards on which information has been entered so that desired items or data can be readily found.

1840–50, Americanism Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
card index or card file
1.  an index in which each item is separately listed on systematically arranged cards
2.  (tr) to make such an index of (a book)
card file or card file

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Main Entry:  card index
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an ordered (often alphabetical) catalog or collection of information with descriptions of items on separate cards's 21st Century Lexicon
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There is also a card index of places and of more specific subjects.
If you come in and search the card index, no fee is charged.
For later clippings there is a card index in the clippings area.
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