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Science & Engineering Librarian

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Deric Hardy
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What are Case Studies in Engineering

A "case study" is a research approach that is used to generate an in-depth, multi-faceted understanding of a complex issue in its real-life context (Crowe et al., 2011).
Keywords: Case Study, Case Studies, Case Review, Case Design, Case(s)

Strategies for Searching Google for Case Studies

Effective Google Search Strategies

  • Helps you find credible sources other than scholarly articles and books (i.e., grey/gray literature)
  • Allows you to search within a site
  • One way to find more reliable sources is to limit by the following domains with the limiters
    • "Domain Limiters" - (.gov, .edu, .org., .mil)
    • Examples include: [ ] or [ iraq ]

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Strategies for Searching Databases

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Crowe, S., Cresswell, K., Robertson, A., Huby, G., Avery, A., & Sheikh, A. (2011). The case study approach. Bmc Medical Research Methodology, 11(1), 1–9.

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Clinical Case
Studies (CCS)

A peer-reviewed &
amp; published bi-monthly
electronic only is the
only journal devoted
entirely to innovative psychotherapy case
studies & presents cases involving individual, couples,
family therapy.

Case Studies
in Construction Materials

A journal of rapid
publication of short, structured Case
Studies on construction
materials and related
Short Communications, specialising in actual case
studies involving real
construction projects.