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Case Studies in Business and Economics

This guide will help you find quality case studies for business and economics studies and research.

Business and Economics library

Business and Economics librarians  

Bernard Lyons
Business & Economics Librarian
T: +61 3 9035 6404

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Kristijan Causovski 
Liaison Librarian 
T: +61 3 9035 9965

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  Trent Hennessey 
Liaison Librarian 
       T: +61 3 8344 9715   

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Featured Resource

Harvard Business Publishing contains more than 500 high quality cases developed by HBS and partner institutions including the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Many cases are accompanied by teaching notes.

Only teaching staff can view the full range of Harvard publishing resources after registering.

Finding case studies in the Library Catalogue

Use the Keyword Search.

Enter the term "case studies" and keywords describing your topic.

For example:

"case studies" and business and "strategic planning"

"case studies" and branding

Electronic resources

Include "case study" as a keyword in your searches in these databases.

Some databases allow you to limit your search by selecting a "Document Type": case study.

Journal Databases

  • Emerald Journals
    • Include "case study" as a keyword in your searches. Search All content to find case studies in journals and books.
  • Business Source Complete
    • Limit your search by selecting case study as a "Document Type". Alternatively, type ‘case studies’ in the search box > pull down Select a Field > Choose SU Subject terms > AND in the following search boxes type your keywords.
  • Academic Search Complete
    • Limit your search by selecting case study as a "Document Type". Alternatively, type ‘case studies’ in the search box > pull down Select a Field > Choose SU Subject terms > AND in the following search boxes type your keywords.
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences : IBSS
    • Advanced Search > Pull down Anywhere > Select Descriptors > enter ‘case studies’ > AND type your keywords in the other boxes
  • EconLit with Full Text
    • Type “case stud*” in the search box AND in the following search boxes type your keywords
  • SCOPUS
    • Type "case stud*" and your keywords in the search box . Add more search boxes by clicking on Add search field.
  • PsycINFO
    • Type “case stud*” in the search box AND in the following search boxes type your keywords
  • Harvard Business Publishing 
    • Click on Product > Cases and then view either the Partner Case Collections or the HBS Premier Case Collection. Alernatively do a Keyword seach and then click on "Cases" under "By Product Type."
      Only educators have access after registration.

Industry Databases

  • WARC
    • Note: this resource can only be accessed on campus. A comprehensive marketing information service providing case studies. Click on the Case Studies Tab.
  • MarketLine Advantage
    • Contains 100+ company case studies (on marketing, branding and innovations), industry and product category case studies, and sustainability case studies. Search by keyword, then select Case Studies in the drop down box.
  • Passport
    • Reports and analysis on consumer product and service industries, countries, consumers and companies. Many reports contain case studies.

Websites and Working Papers

  • SSRN eLibrary Database Search
    • Disseminates social science research and is composed of a number of specialised research networks in each of the social sciences. Click on Search > Choose Title Only > type your keywords and "case study". Example: "case study" and "commercial bank"
  • Research Papers in Economics (RePEc)
    • Is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 72 countries to disseminate research in economics. Search IDEAS: the complete RePEc databases. Type your keywords and "case study" 

Citing case studies

To cite a case study in APA style, use the following template:

(Author A & Author B, Year of publication)

Example:

(Neeley & Delong, 2009)

To reference a case study in your bibliography in APA style, use the following template: 

Author, A. A., & Author B. B. (Year of Publication). Titlte [Case study]. Place of publication: Publisher.

Example:

Neeley, T.,  & Delong, T.J. (2009). Managing a Global Team: Greg James at Sun Microsystems, Inc. (A) [Case study]. Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing.

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