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How to Use the Card Catalog

Life Skills:

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Systems Thinking

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 30 minutes.

Group Size:
Large Groups


Informational texts in the library. How to use the card catalog to find an informational text.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Secondary Library Media (6-12)
Strand 2: Standard 2:

Identify the information needed.

Computer projector or computer lab Login to the library card catalog

Background For Teachers:
The Teacher needs to visit with the librarian to make an appointment to bring students into the library to use the card catalog.

Student Prior Knowledge:
Students need to know the following: How to access the library card catalog, How books are arranged in the library, and library vocabulary.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students should be able to access the card catalog. Students should be able to find both non-fiction and fiction books by their call numbers

Instructional Procedures:

  1. The librarian will explain how the online card catalog works.
  2. Students will be given a handout with the basic library vocabulary
  3. Students will be given a map of the library.
  4. Students will go online and find a book in each of the Dewey Decimal System subject areas. For example a book in 0-99, 100-299, etc.
  5. Students will go to the stacks and find the book.

Quizlet activity.


Web Sites

  • Quizlet Activity
    This is the web address to the basic library terms on Quizlet

Dean Cunningham

Created Date :
Jun 05 2017 14:51 PM