case study

(noun) A detailed and in-depth study of a single case, involving an event, group, individual, or organization.

Example:

  1. An in-depth research project of male allies that try to prevent violence against women completed through interviews and surveys.
  2. Ethnographies:

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Usage Notes:

  • 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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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 December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/case-study/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

case study. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://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 December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/case-study/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“case study.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/case-study/>.