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Research Methodologies Guide

A collection of resources describing research methods in the social sciences and the humanities

Case Studies

"A case study is an empirical inquiry that investigates a contemporary phenomenon within its real-life context, especially when the boundaries between phenomenon and context are not clearly evident" (Yin, 1994).

It refers to a type of research in which a case (an event, issue, population, or other item being studied) is analyzed, often through the use of multiple methods of analysis.

Tools commonly used in case studies include:

  • Surveys
  • Interviews
  • Observations
  • Artifacts
  • And more!

For more information about case studies, review the resources below:

Where to Start

Below, a few tools and online guides that can help you start your Case Study research are listed. These include free online resources and resources available only through ISU Library. 

Online Resources