How to Write a Case Study

Updated July 12, 2018

Case studies are used in academic and professional settings as a research method. Though there are several types of case studies such as illustrative, exploratory, critical instance, cumulative, medical and narrative, there are some basic guidelines on how to write a case study.

Construct a template that will be the guide throughout the writing process. This will improve how the document looks, feels and reads. Consistency in these three items is key to a good case study.

Draw your reader in with a unique title. It should attract the reader and make them want to read more.

Begin writing the paper. Start by identifying the problem that is being explored in the case study.

Explore the problem, including cause, effect and theory. Give as much background as possible.

Discuss the possible solution, and/or how this issue was specifically resolved. Tell what methods were used in the process.

Describe benefits of the study. Tell how the benefits overall affect the group to which your case study is aimed.

Utilize the general-to-specific-to-general approach. This is the approach to use because it draws the reader in, demonstrates a specific example, and then shows how it applies to the group as a whole. It also shows the reader how they can address their own problem this way.

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  • Use facts and numbers where possible. This is specifically aimed at the benefits portion of the case study. Potential readers will be compelled with the numbers and how they are affected by them and remain interested.
  • Use photos if necessary. If photos are used, be sure they are professionally done so as to not sully the quality of the case study.
  • Have an executive sign off on your case study when complete, if possible. It increases the credibility of your case study.
  • Format your paper in an easy to read format like using bold for headings, double spacing, and justifying the alignment. Remember to review your grammar.

Things Needed

  • word processor or computer

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