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Case study research methodologies

There are many videos on research methods uploaded onto youtube.  Here is another good presentation by Graham Gibbs who teaches at the University of Huddersfield in the UK.  I really like Gibbs' many online tutorials available through the Online Qualitative Data Analysis.

Crowe, S., Cresswell, K., Robertson, A., Huby, G., Avery, A., & Sheikh, A. (2011). The case study approachBMC medical research methodology11(1), pp100-

Flyvbjerg, B. (2006). Five misunderstandings about case-study research. Qualitative inquiry12(2), pp. 219-245.

Thacher, D. (2006). The normative case study. American journal of sociology111(6), pp.1631-1676. 

Tight, M. (2010). The curious case of case study: a viewpoint. International Journal of Social Research Methodology13(4) pp.329-339.


The case study research design have evolved over the past few years as a useful tool for investigating trends and specific situations in many scientific disciplines.

The case study has been especially used in social science, psychology, anthropology and ecology.

This method of study is especially useful for trying to test theoretical models by using them in real world situations. For example, if an anthropologist were to live amongst a remote tribe, whilst their observations might produce no quantitative data, they are still useful to science. Click here for more.