Business Case Studies Guide

Christine Adams    Business Librarian    330.941.3681

Finding Business Case Studies:

Business Source Complete: Finding Case Studies
Maag Journal Finder: Business Case Study Journals
Web Resources: Searching/Purchasing Business Case Studies
OhioLINK Library Catalog: Finding Books About Case Studies


According to, a business case study is a "documented study of a specific real-life situation or imagined scenario, used as a training tool in business schools and firms. Students or trainees are required to analyze the prescribed cases and present their interpretations or solutions, supported by the line of reasoning employed and assumptions made."

Business Source Complete: Finding Case Studies

Visit Maag Library’s Business Research Databases Guide for a complete list of databases available for locating business information.
Business Research Databases Handout

Click on the database title below if you are on campus. If you are off campus, use the Off Campus Access link. Authentication to an OhioLINK database requires you to:

  • Select your institution (Youngstown State University) then click on Submit.
  • Enter your last name followed by first name.
  • Enter your YSU ID# ("Y" number found on your YSU ID or in your portal account).
  • Enter your PASSWORD.
    *Until you set up a unique one in Your Library Record your YSU ID# is your password*
  • Click on Submit
  • Databases purchased individually by Maag Library require YSU username & password    (same as YSU email).

CLICK HERE for more information about off campus access.

Scholarly business database, providing bibliographic and full text content. BSC provides full text journals in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM (Production & Operations Management), accounting, finance and economics. Additional full text, nonjournal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry profiles, market research reports, product reviews, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses and more.
>>More than 5,000 full-text case studies
>>Select "Case Study" under Document Type when performing a search

Maag Journal Finder:
Business Case Study Journals

Use Maag Journal Finder to locate the print and/or electronic holdings of journals. You can search for a specific journal title or browse journals by title or subject. This is the best way to locate an article if you already have the citation!

Below are direct links to some of the case study publications to which we have access.
BSC=Business Source Complete

Asian Case Research Journal:
6/1/2001 to present (12 month delay) in BSC / Off Campus Access

Business Case Journal: 7/1/2006 to present in BSC / Off Campus Access
Includes cases in which a student is placed in the role of a decision-maker & asked to make recommendations appropriate to the context of the situation, and case studies (descriptions of real situations).

Harvard Business Review: 1922 to present in BSC / Off Campus Access
HBR publishes one case study per issue.

Harvard Business School Cases: 4/1/1942 to 1/1/2011 abstracts in BSC / Off Campus Access
Harvard Business case studies are not sold to libraries and can only be purchased through the Harvard Business Publishing website.

Journal of Business Case Studies: 1/1/2010 to present abstracts in BSC / Off Campus Access
Full-text not available but individual articles can be accessed using the Article Request Form.

Journal of Case Research in Business and Economics: 2009 to present open access

Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies:
1/1/2007 to present available in BSC / Off Campus Access
Presents classroom teaching cases, with instructor's notes, on any subject which might be taught in a Business School.

Web Resources:
Searching/Purchasing Business Case Studies

Acadia Institute of Case Studies
The purpose of the Institute is to develop educational resource materials to assist educators and instructors in the classroom by providing innovative and enhanced "teaching tools" which reflect "real-world" situations. The Institute's focus is on entrepreneurship and small business operations. The Asian Business Case Centre
A virtual community of people interested in case writing, teaching, learning and research about Asian management and the Asian business experience.
Find pre-written case study analysis, MBA term papers and MBA research papers.
A library of teaching resources designed for business school faculty—although other faculty, and student and professional users are welcome too. Intended primarily to help faculty incorporate environmental, social and ethical topics into their teaching on business and management. Provides access to the most recent business cases, as well as articles from the scholarly and popular press, issue reports and multimedia content.
Business and management case studies, case study resources.

Darden Business Publishing
Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

European Case Clearing House
ecch publishes and distributes case studies by authors at leading business schools (eg Harvard Business School, INSEAD, IMD) and independents. It also encourages and supports the development of case writing and teaching by running workshops at institutions worldwide.

GlobaLens is the publishing division of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan featuring materials from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Harvard Business Publishing: Cases
HBP offers cases studies from the Harvard Business School and a growing list of renowned institutions from around the world. The entire collection includes over 13,000 case studies with new cases being added all the time.

Harvard Business Review: Shop HBR Cases
Shop for case studies that have been published in Harvard Business Review.

IBS Case Development Centre
Asia Pacific's largest repository of management case studies.

Ivey Publishing
Search thousands of cases, virtually all with full teaching notes, and search technical notes, articles, and more. Choose and order materials from enough selection to create an entire course.

Kellogg School of Management Case Collection
Selected cases and teaching material, developed by Kellogg faculty and taught in the Kellogg classroom are available for purchase to academic practitioners and corporate trainers.

Society for Human Resource Management: Cases and Learning Modules to Download
The cases and learning modules are available for use by HR educators in university settings to add, change or supplement content in existing or new HR courses at the undergraduate or graduate levels.

Stanford Graduate School of Business: Cases
Database containing abstracts and ordering information for case studies written and published by the Stanford Graduate School of Business. You may search by author's name, title, keyword, etc. Most cases in this collection are distributed by Harvard Business Publishing and the European Case Clearing House. Please contact them to place your order and request permission to reproduce material.

Thunderbird School of Global Management: Case Series
Official case clearinghouse for international business cases and notes authored by the Thunderbird School of Global Management faculty. The cases offered through the series are produced for educational purposes only. The Thunderbird Case Series offers both field cases and library cases. All cases have a detailed teaching note (available only to faculty), and all cases have been classroom-tested for pedagogy and content.

The Times 100: Business Case Studies
Each of The Times 100 Business Case Studies is constructed around a key element of the business studies curriculum. By using real information and issues from the sponsoring companies, the case studies bring to life the complexities of business and help students engage and learn by giving them relevant context.

OhioLINK Library Catalog:
Finding Books About Case Studies

Use the OhioLINK Library Catalog to locate items available through other OhioLINK institutions. Available items may be requested and delivered to Maag Library for checkout (allow 3-5 days delivery time).

Use the same search techniques to search the OhioLINK Library Catalog that you use in MaagNet. Once you have located a book that you would like to request, check the Status column under Library Holdings. You may have to click on Display Holdings of OhioLINK Libraries. As long as one of the libraries lists the book as AVAILABLE, you may request it:

  • Click on green Request button.
  • Select Youngstown State from the dropdown list of institutions and Submit.
  • Enter your name.
  • Enter your YSU ID# ("Y" number found on your YSU ID or in your portal account).
  • Enter your PASSWORD.
    *Until you create a unique one in Your Library Record your "Y" number is your password*
  • Click on green Submit button.

You will see a confirmation screen that tells you if your transaction has been successful. Delivery time is approximately 3 to 5 days. When your items arrive, an email will be sent to your YSU email account. To check the status of your request, go to Your Library Record and log in using your name, YSU ID# and password. A request will have one of three statuses: REQUESTED, IN TRANSIT or OHIOLINK RECVD. OHIOLINK RECVD indicates the item is ready for checkout at the Circulation Desk.

Following is a list of some of the items available through the OhioLINK Library Catalog that relate to case studies:

Applications of Case Study Research (2012)
>>More Information About This Book

The Art & Craft of Case Writing (2012)
>>More Information About This Book

CaseBase: Case Studies in Global Business (2011)
>>More Information About This Book

Case Studies for the First Year: An Odyssey Into Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (2004)
>>More Information About This Book

The Case Study Handbook: How to Read, Discuss, and Write Persuasively About Cases (2007)
>>More Information About This Book

Case Study Research: Design and Methods (2009)
>>More Information About This Book
>>Limited Preview at Google Books

Case Study Research: Principles and Practices (2007)
>>Table of Contents; Publisher Description
>>Limited Preview at Google Books

Doing Case Study Research: A Practical guide for Beginning Researchers (2006)

Global Human Resource Management Casebook (2012)
>>More Information About This Book

Instant Case Studies: How to Design, Adapt, and Use Case Studies in Training (2004)
>>More Information About This Book

Wake-Up Calls: Classic Cases in Business Ethics (2004)
>>More Information About This Book