Answered By: Elyse Wolf
Last Updated: Dec 26, 2018     Views: 1234

You should be able to find case studies by just doing a keyword search for your topic and then adding the phrase “case study” as part of your search like this: 

marketing AND “case study”

If you have a specific case study in mind, try just searching for the title and putting it in quotation marks. We recommend starting with the Multi-search since it searches many of our resources all at once.

Some databases have a way (usually in the advanced search) to limit your search by publication type or methodology and you will see case study as an option.  You can find a list of recommended databases for finding case studies by following these steps:

  1. From the library home page, click on the A-Z Database List link under Quick Links.
  2. Just above the alphabet, look for the middle dropdown option “All Database Types.”
  3. Click on “Includes Case Studies” and you’ll see a list of databases that include case studies.

Medical Case Studies

Try CINAHL Complete if you are searching for medical case studies. To search you will want to follow these steps:

  1. Just click on the Advanced Search link and then scroll down the page and look for the Publication Type field. 
  2. Scroll through the list and you will see the Case Study option which you can highlight. 

    Screenshot of CINAHL with case study selected as publication type

  3. Scroll back up to the search box to enter in your search term and then run the search. 
  4. It will only bring back those articles that have case study for the publication type.

Psychology Case Studies

Try PsycINFO or PsycARTICLES if you are searching for a psychology case study. To search you will want to follow these steps:

  1. Just as with CINAHL, you’ll want to first click that Advanced Search link under the search box. 
  2. Next look for the Methodology limiter and you’ll see the Clinical Case Study option which you can highlight.  
  3. PsycINFO:

    Screenshot of case study selected in methodology in psycinfo

  4. PsycARTICLES:

    Screenshot of case study selected in methodology in psycarticles

Business Case Studies

If you are looking for business-related case studies, try these databases:  Emerald Insight: Case Studies, SAGE Business Cases, or Business Source Ultimate.  You can find all of these listed in the “Includes Case Studies” list in the A-Z Database List. 

By default, Emerald and SAGE are only searching case studies so you just have to type in your subject or the title if you have it.

If you search Business Source Ultimate, you will want to follow these steps: 

  1. Click on the Advanced Search Link
  2. Then find the Publication Type field and you will see the Case Study option which you can highlight.  

    Screenshot of case study selected in publication type in business source complete

If you are still having trouble, please contact the reference desk either by chat (click the “Chat 24/7 with a Librarian” icon on the library home page), by email at, or by calling 844.684.0456 (toll free).

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