Finding Business Case Studies

If you’re taking management or marketing classes this semester, you may be interested in finding case studies for various assignments you’re given. Often, students start their search with Harvard Business Review case studies. These case studies are not available in any library databases; they are only available for purchase through HBR’s website, with prices ranging from $3 to $7. However, there are other places you can go to find case studies, including Andersen Library’s two primary business article databases: ABI/Inform Complete and Business Source Complete.

To find case studies in ABI/Inform Complete, click the “Advanced Search” option above the search box. Enter your search terms in the search boxes. Then, before pressing Search, scroll down and choose “Case Study” from the Document Type box. To find case studies in Business Source Complete, enter your search terms in the box on the main page. Then scroll down and select “Case Study” from the Publication Type box.

Another note on Harvard Business Review: Articles published in HBR are available in Business Source Complete from 1922 to the present. However, the most popular 500 articles (updated yearly) are restricted to read only in the database. This means you cannot print those articles, email them to yourself, etc. If you stumble across one of these articles, you will see a message that looks like this:

Business Source Complete HBR Message

You can still read the article by clicking the PDF Full Text option along the left side of the page.

If you have any questions about finding case studies or accessing Harvard Business Review articles, please feel free to get in touch with a librarian via phone, email, or 24/7 chat using Ask a Librarian.

About Amanda Howell

I am a Reference & Instruction Librarian and the Liaison for the College of Business & Economics.
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