Answered By: Business Librarian
Last Updated: 23 Sep, 2015     Views: 393

There are three options here:

1. Search in the databases ABI Inform, Business Source Premier and Emerald, included on the Databases list on the Business and Management Subject page, and the A-Z list of Databases.

In Business Source Premier and ABI Inform, scroll down the search screen and see the option to limit a search by Document Type. In ABI Inform there are options for limiting to only Business Case and to only Case studies.  In Business Source Premier there is just an option for Case study.  Obviously Business Case is ideal, but items classified as case studies may be useful as well.  In both databases, type relevant key words into the search box at the top of the screen and see what you get.

In Emerald, select Advanced Search, then go to the Journals tab.  There is an option to limit your search by Article type to Case Study. (Ignore other options referring to Case Studies - this is a separate resource that we don't subscribe to)

Also, there is an Open Access journal, Journal of Business Case Studies, which may contain relevant studies.  It’s primary purpose appears to be providing case studies for teaching.  This is in our E-journal A-Z (use the Journals tab on the Library Search box on the Library home page), and is also searchable via ABI Inform, but basically the case studies are freely available on the journal’s website.

2. I don't know what you need the business cases for, so if you haven't already, I suggest you look in some of the market research databases, as these have reports on different companies, markets and industries, so they may have the kind of information you need.

3. Finally, another place to look is in text books.  Look at the text books for your modules, and/or browse through text books on the shelves in the relevant area of the Library to see if they have a business case study on what you're looking at.  To get ideas of books to look for, you could try searching for 'business case study', and relevant keywords, on Google books - though there's no guarantee that we'll have the books you come across!

For further help in using any of the resources described above, please contact your Subject Liaison Librarian