(noun) A detailed and in-depth study of a single case, involving an event, group, individual, or organization.
- An in-depth research project of male allies that try to prevent violence against women completed through interviews and surveys.
- Street Corner Society: The Social Structure of an Italian Slum (1943) by William Foote Whyte (1914–2000)
- Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community (1990) by Elijah Anderson (born 1943)
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- Plural: case studies
- The term refers to both the subject and method of study.
- Variant form: case-study
- Also termed case report.
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- Word origin of “case” and “study” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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How to Cite the Definition of Case Study
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “case study.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 19, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/case-study/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
case study. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/case-study/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “case study.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 19, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/case-study/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“case study.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/case-study/>.