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Business Administration

What is a Case Study?

A case study is a research approach involving the in-depth examination of a real-life entity or context having clearly defined boundaries. A case study can use a range of research methods and sources to gather data. 

The above definition is adapted from Palgrave Key Concepts: Key Concepts in Business and Management Research Methods.  For more information view this entry for Case Study in Credo Reference.

Finding Case Studies

Best databases to search for case studies about business topics:

Business Source Complete

ProQuest ABI/INFORM Collection


Searching for Case Studies in Business Source Complete

Start by entering relevant keywords for your topic in the Advanced Search screen.

Then scroll down and locate Document Type under Search Options. Select Case Study under Document Type.  Once you submit your search, results should include case studies about your topic.

We also recommend selecting the Full Text and Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) boxes on the search results page.

 

Searching for Case Studies in ProQuest ABI/INFORM Collection

Start your research by going to the Advanced Search screen.  Enter relevant keywords into the search boxes and add a row for additional boxes if needed.  Then submit your search.

Although there is a Document type box on the Advanced Search screen, we recommend selecting the your document type on the search results page.  You will find a Document type filter to the left of your search results and should select Case Study there.  You may need to scroll down to see the Document type filter.

We also recommend selecting the Full text and Peer reviewed boxes on the search results page.

 

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