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A quick guide to finding case studies and case histories


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Off Campus? Access Is Easy!

Arthur Lakes Library

Start from the Library Website, just find what you want and log in with your Mines credentials when prompted. Learn more on our off campus access guide.

Can't Find Your Material within the Mines collections?

If an item you need for your research is not available in our collection, we can get it for you! 

Your best bet is our Can't Find It page. When you get there, you can:

  • Try a quick search in Prospector, our regional catalog and have items delivered to Arthur Lakes for free
  • Still not available? Simply request it though Interlibrary Loan (see below for links)
    • Interlibrary Loan for current Mines faculty, staff, and students
    • Interlibrary Loan for Mines alumni and paid members (this link will not work for current Mines faculty, staff, and students)

Please note: it can take up to 12 days to receive a book through interlibrary loan.

Case Studies as Educational Tools

Case studies (also called "case histories") are descriptions of real situations that provide a context for engineers and others to explore problems. Case studies typically involve complex issues where there is often no single correct answer--you may be asked to select the "best" answer given the situation.

Case studies allow you to:The Case Study

  • Explore the nature of a problem and circumstances that affect a solution
  • Learn about others' viewpoints and how they may be taken into account
  • Define your priorities and make your own decisions to solve the problem
  • Predict outcomes and consequences

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Image Credit: The Case Study By Binuri Ranasinghe Used Under: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Not Sure Where to Start?

Search the Library Catalog 

  • Consider combining your topic or discipline with "case study" or "case history"

  • Remember, use quotes to keep your phrase together!

  • Then choose Studies or Case Studies under Topic to narrow your results further

screenshot of search in the library catalog for "case study" business

Case Study Links and Books