Definitions, and the lexicons we might build to record them, might help you develop a better understanding of the concepts, issues, and terms upon which your study depends.

However, to develop them effectively you do well to consider the methods you use to develop, record, and use them.

What terms might you best look up?

  • Any Term You do well to look up words you don’t understand on a routine basis, especially if you are having trouble understanding a conversation or issue
  • Special Terms When preparing a report, term paper, or BA Thesis, you do well to explore your central terms; for a marketing thesis involving issues of culture, for example, your thesis will depend on how you understand this rich, complex term.

How might you best look up new terms?

  • Any Term For any basic term, you do well to consult a standard, high quality dictionary such as the Collins and Oxford dictionaries below.
  • Special Terms For any special term in business, such as “risk”, you will want to consult discipline-specific dictionaries, also below, as well as specialized dictionaries or encyclopedias. Additionally, you might well need to develop your own definitions based on examples of use you find in journals, lectures, or even conversation

For fast, easy lookups

Visit the links below, save them to your browser’s “favorites” bar, and when opening them replace the current term, “risk”, with your own: they will load in the background and present you with four very different ways of understanding your term.

For fast, easy lexicons

Design your definitions to support thinking and memory: through revision you make definitions your own, and by recording them carefully you will more easily remember them, like this:

When we take notes we have two purposes:

  • To think things through: note-taking gives us a chance to rework what we see and think so that when reading our notes we recall the thinking we have done earlier
  • To recall later: by writing things up as we would want to read them, we create lexicons for use