Dictionaries should be your first stop if you are having trouble understanding a term. However, general dictionaries like Merriam-Webster or Oxford's English Dictionary will not always have the correct definition for business-specific jargon. To find more complete and relevant definitions, you should try looking in a subject-specific dictionary like the ones listed below.
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Encyclopedias are very helpful when first being introduced to a topic. They provide a base knowledge from which a reader can move on to more specific topics. General encyclopedias, like Encyclopedia Britannica offer a broad overview of many topics. Subject encyclopedias are narrower in scope, usually focusing on one subject area and providing more detailed coverage of that topic.
These are some of the encyclopedias that you will find most helpful when trying to understand topics related to new product development. If you would like information on how to find books using our online catalogs, go to the tab at the top of the page labelled "Books: Finding and Browsing."