Case Study: an intensive analysis of an individual unit (such as a business, person or community) stressing developmental factors in relation to environment.
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When searching for case studies...
- Try searching with various terms, case study or case studies; or you can truncate like this: case stud*
- When keyword searching, make sure you use quotation marks to search for "case studies" as a term and not individual words
- Search by case study as a document type
- The term "case study" often appears in the document title- try adding "case study" to your title search
- Check the limits section of the database- you may be able to place a limit to only search for case studies