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card catalog

a file of cards of uniform size arranged in some definite order and listing the items in the collection of a library or group of libraries, each card typically identifying a single item.
Origin of card catalog
1850-55, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The knowledge came ordered into standard categories which could be pursued through a card catalog and into the pages of the books.
  • As such, this web-based application functions in much the same way as a library's card catalog.
  • They are also useful as a supplement to the card catalog.
  • The book collection can be accessed by the card catalog.
  • Dissertations that have also been published as books are listed in the card catalog and/or the online catalog.

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