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Formatting a case study using different citation styles
Formatting a case study, different citation styles

Formatting a case study using different citation styles

Sep 01, 2012

What is a case study?

Case studies are an account of administrative problems in either a real or imagine organization. The purpose of using case studies in a classroom environment is to bring students close to the realities of everyday administrative problems. The purpose is to present problem scenarios that the student must work hard to solve. The aim of case studies is not to provide answers to already known questions but rather to raise questions that will allow the student to find solutions through a decision making process.
Just like any other research paper, case studies also require citations. There are several ways you can cite your case study. Some of the citation styles in use are the APA, MLA, CHICAGO and Harvard referencing style. Each of these citation methods has different formatting methods. The formatting method that you use for your case study will to a large extent depend on your institutional requirement, professional association or personal preference. It is often better to check with your department first if you are a student before choosing a suitable citation method.
For the purposes of this paper, a few of the case study citation methods will be discussed to give a general idea of how to cite a case study.


The Chicago Manual of Style presents two basic documentation systems: (1) notes and bibliography and (2) author-date. Choosing between the two often depends on subject matter and the nature of sources cited, as each system is favored by different groups of scholars.
The following examples illustrate citations using the notes and bibliography system.

One author Book:

Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin, 2006.

Two or more authors

Ward, Geoffrey C., and Ken Burns. The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945. New York: Knopf, 2007

Journal article

Weinstein, Joshua I. "The Market in Plato's Republic." Classical Philology 104 (2009): 439-58.

Book review

Kamp, David. "Deconstructing Dinner." Review of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan. New York Times, April 23, 2006, Sunday Book Review.


Single author

Mathew, Kent. Concise Principles of Marketing. New York: Better Press, 2010. Print.

Multiple authors

Karl, Price, Kelly Pierce, Bullock Lamb and Diana Ross. Building the Future. London: University Press, 2008. Print.

Journal articles

Scuttle, Marina. "Measuring Business Opportunities." Journal of Business Administration 12 (2012): 58-70. Online.


Single authors for Books

Sawyer, A. (2010). Language socialization in multilingual societies [Kindle version]. Doi:10.1037/10976354368

Multiple authors for Books

MacKay, I., Clarke, C., Fleming, M., Collins, M., & Sue, J. (2006). Food the focus for our future. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Journal articles

Hopkins, M. (1998). Corporate social responsibility around the world. Online Journal of Ethics, 2(2). Retrieved from

Article or Chapter from an edited book

O' Neil, J. M., & Egan, O. (2002). Beijing 2000 Olympics: The Journey ahead to create a friendlier game. In O.J. Thomas (Eds), The role of fair play in common wealth games (pp. 52 - 107). New Carolina, NC: Better Sprint Media.

Edited books

Platini, N.K. (2010). The secured economy. Q.U. Queens (ed.) New York, NY: Desert News.
These citation styles should make your case study bibliography complete.
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