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Case Study Analysis

Usually based on a real business or social problem, case study analysis requires you to apply your knowledge and experience. Here are some tips and resources to help you navigate the case study analysis assignment.

Recommended Journals

Consider taking a look at these journals to provide you even more information about case study analysis. All of these can be found by searching the EJournals link found under RESOURCES on the right hand side of the library's website.

 Case Studies in Sports Mangement

Case Studies in Strategic Communication

Cases Journal

International Academy for Case Studies Proceedings

International Journal of Case Studies in Management

Ivey Business Journal

Journal of Business Case Studies

Journal of Business Cases and Applications

Journal of Case Research

Journal of Case Research in Business and Economics

Journal of Marketing Communications

Online Journal of International Case Analysis

Citing your case study

The APA does NOT provide a specific citation format for case studies. So, you will have to cite your case based on where you found it: a book, in a journal, a website, etc.

Website Examples:

Case study with a person listed as the author:

Johnson, J. & Scully, M. (2009). Accesing teaching module. Retrieved from

Case study with a corporate author:

Elm Global Logistics. (n.d.). Spanish fragrance company uses ELM to manage its US launch. Retrieved from

Journal Example:

Alvis, C., Bradbard, D. A.,  & Robbins, D. K. (2011). Balancing the state college budget: Why must tuition increase and by how much? Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, 17(6), 43-49. Retrieved from Business Insights: Global.

Ebook Example:

Neal-Boylan, L., & Kazer M.W. (2012). Case studies in gerontological nursing for the advanced practice nurse. Chinchester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell [EBSCO version.] Retrieved from

Print Book Example:

Jing, F. L., & Ming, G. H. (2010). The mission versus the reality. In Sparks, V. W., Carfield, B., & Lye, T. (Eds.), Case studies for ebusiness reputations (pp. 25-47). Atlanta, GA: Fox Books.

Note:  When a case study is in a portion of a book, treat the case study as a chapter in a book.

Don't forget...

When researching an industry often you can conduct your search more efficiently when you have the SIC (standard industry code). The SIC has been used since 1937.  Here is a website that will help you figure out your SIC:

You can also conduct your search by using the more recently developed (1987) NAICS (the North American Industry Classification System). This is the standard used by U.S. federal agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. Here is a website you can use to figure out your NAICS:

While most of your resources for a case study analysis paper will be found via library databases don't forget to also check the Online Catalog. The Library's book collection is always growing and changing. You never know when you will find a book that provides you with the historical foundation you need in your case study report. Additionally, select government documents are also found via the Online Catalog. Again, you may come across a document that provides you with the reliable information you need.

Do you need to do a survey? Conduct field observation?  Interview an industry professional? Consult with an expert? All of these type of resources will ALSO need to be documented in your bibliography/works cited page.

FINALLY if you are struggling to find information, stop by and see a reference librarian. Reference desk hours are:

8 am - 9 pm Monday - Thursday

8 am - 5 pm Friday

10 am - 6 pm Saturday

1 - 9 pm Sunday




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