Business Research:
Finding Case Studies

Business case studies are summaries of real or fictional business situations. Case studies are frequently used to analyze the events that led to a particular company's success or failure and may also be used to illustrate theories studied in business and management classes.

Case studies can be found in these different types of resources:


Finding Case Studies in Library Databases

ABI/Inform Complete

You can find case studies in ABI/Inform Complete by following the directions shown in the screen shot below:

  1. Enter search term(s) in box(es).
  2. Use menu arrows beneath Document type: to select Case Study.

ABI/Inform Complete

Business Source Complete

You can find case studies in Business Source Complete by following the directions shown in the screen shot below:

  1. Enter search term(s) in box(es).
  2. Use menu arrows near Document Type to select Case Study.

Business Source Complete

You may want to use the Number Of Pages option (listed under the Document Type option) to ensure that the case studies that your search retrieves are a certain length (e.g., greater than 4 [pages]).

Other databases

You may be able to find case studies in other UMUC Library databases by conducting a keyword search for your topic, along with a keyword search for "case stud*" (e.g., ford AND marketing AND "case stud*").

(The asterisk in the search statement above is a truncation symbol that tells a database to retrieve various endings of the term preceding the asterisk. So, for example, searching for "case stud*" will find articles containing case study (singular) as well as articles containing case studies (plural).)

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Finding Case Studies in Print Books

You can find case studies in print books in the UMUC Library's catalog, catalogUSMAI, by following the directions shown in the screen shot below:

  1. Use the drop-down menu to specify that you're searching for subject words. Then enter case studies and use the drop-down menu to specify that this is a two word phrase.
  2. Enter search term(s) in box(es).

Library Catalog (catalogUSMAI)

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Finding Case Studies in E-books

UMUC Library E-Book Collections

You can find case studies or information about case studies in online books in UMUC Library E-Book Collections by following the directions shown in the screen shot below:

  • Enter "case stud*" and then add additional search term(s) if desired.

eBook Collection (on EBSCOHost)

Safari Books Online

You can find case studies in online books in Safari Books Online by following the directions shown in the screen shot below:

  • Enter "case studies" AND along with your search term(s).

Safari

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Finding Case Studies on the Web

Available for Free

There are a few noteworthy sites that provide free online access to case studies, including:

Available for Purchase

Many publishers or clearinghouses of case studies charge a fee for access to their case studies. Although you may search their Web sites for case studies on particular topics, you will generally need to pay a small fee in order to access the entire case study. Some of the best-known commercial vendors of business-related case studies include:

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