You can find lots of case studies to use in your projects and papers using several of our library databases and an open source journal.
Please note, if you are looking for Harvard Business School Cases, these are NOT the same as case studies and Harvard Business School Cases are separately published from Harvard Business School Publishing. HBS cases are not available via the library. See our FAQ on HBS cases for more details.
From the library's home page (http://library.pepperdine.edu), click on the magnifying glass icon Databases & E-Journals
On the Databases & E-Journals page, you'll be looking at Business Source Premier and also at Emerald Management Xtra. These databases are found alphabetically listed and are also listed under the subject Business/Economics. Select the database and log in with your Wavenet credentials.
Using Business Source Premier to Search for Case Studies
There are two ways of searching for case studies using Business Source Premier. Many students are familiar with Harvard Business Review. While Harvard Business Review does not offer cases, they do provide case studies! Please note, if you are looking for Harvard Business School Cases, these are separately published from Harvard Business School Publishing. HBS cases are not available via the library. See our FAQ on HBS cases for more details. The image below shows how to search by doing a publication name search for "Harvard Business Review" with "case studies" as a subject term.
More case studies are available beyond Harvard Business Review and there's a way to quickly access these. When using Business Source Premier, choose "case study" from Document Type and then enter a keyword or phrase in the search box. See the below screenshot.
Of note: the writing style of the case studies from many sources in Business Source Premier will often be more formal in tone. For case studies that read more like stories, try using Emerald Management Xtra.
Using Emerald Management Xtra to Search for Case Studies
When using Emerald Management Xtra, search for "case studies" and browse within The Case Journal, which is the official journal of The CASE Association, one of the most prominent US case study organizations. The Case Journal is described by Emerald Management Xtra as "the leading online, double-blind, peer-reviewed journal featuring factual teaching cases and case exercises."
Note: interlibrary loan is available to current Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff when full-text is not available. Make an interlibrary loan request or visit the interlibrary loan page for more information.
Using the Open Access Journal from the Society for Case Research
One final option for locating case studies is to use the open access journal from the Society for Case Research called Journal of Case Studies. This is an open source journal which provides direct access to the full-text of the articles. Users may browse by issue or search by keyword. Journal of Case Studies (as described by Cabell's Directories of Publishing Opportunities) publishes "peer-reviewed case studies of real world business problems designed for faculty and students to adopt for usage in the classroom."