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case study

Definition of Case Study

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

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Syllabification: case stud·y

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International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /keɪs ˈstʌdi/
  • British English – /keɪs ˈstʌdi/

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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 7, 2019 (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 7, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/case-study/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“case study.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 7 Dec. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/case-study/>.