Online Case Collections

  • National Science Teaching Association | NSTA Case Studies
    Now home to the SUNY-Buffalo collection of Cases on Teaching in Science. This is the largest case collection in the sciences and is being continuously updated.
  • University of Delaware PBL Clearinghouse | UD Problem-Based Learning
    The PBL Clearinghouse is a collection of problems and articles for teachers interested in using problem-based learning. Teaching notes and supplementary materials accompany each problem. Access to the University of Delaware PBL Clearinghouse collection is limited to educators, who must register; registration, however, is free.
  • Case It! Case-Based Learning in Biology
    Case It! is a National Science Foundation-sponsored project to promote collaborative case-based learning in biology. The project makes use of open-ended molecular biology computer simulations to analyze case studies involving genetic and infectious diseases, including HIV, breast cancer, Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and sickle-cell disease, among others.
  • Problem-Based Learning in Biology with 20 Case Examples and Critical Thinking in Biology: Case Problems - A Guide for Instructors developed by Peter Ommundsen.
  • Environmental Science Case Studies from Lancaster University | Lancaster Case Studies
    Case studies in environmental science, environmental chemistry, pollution science, environmental management, ecology, and geophysical sciences.
  • Beyond Discovery: The Path from Research to Human Benefit | NAS Beyond Discovery
    Beyond Discovery is a project of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). It is a series of case studies that identify and trace origins of important recent technological and medical advances. Each case study reveals the crucial role played by basic science, the applications of which could not have been anticipated at the time the original research was conducted. The case studies are produced through a close collaboration between professional science writers and prominent scientists who have been directly involved with the discoveries being described.
  • The London Natural History Museum Science Casebook | NHM Discover
    Collection of interactive Web-based cases including the The Beast of Bodmin Moor and Piltdown Man.


  • Online Ethics Center |
    This University of San Diego case site developed by philosophy professor Robert Ladenson is a collection of 100 ethics cases. The site has many interesting features including online surveys.
  • The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University | SCU Ethics Cases

Public Policy, Management, International Affairs

  • Kennedy School of Government Case Program | HKS Case Program
    The Case Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government is the world's largest producer and repository of case studies designed for teaching about how government works and how public policy is made. These cases are intended to facilitate discussion-based, interactive learning about both policy issues and management strategies in the public and not-for-profit sectors. On the website, you can read descriptions of the Kennedy School's almost 1500 cases, as well as find guides to how to teach and learn by the case method.
  • The Electronic Hallway at the University of Washington | UW Cases
    Collection of teaching cases, exercises, role plays, workshops, and curriculum planning resources for faculty focusing on public administration and public policy.
  • Georgetown University's Case Studies in International Affairs | GU Case Studies
    Georgetown's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy maintains a Case Study Center whose aim is to promote and distribute case studies among professional, graduate, and undergraduate schools of international affairs. There are two websites associated with the Center, one specifically designed for faculty, and the other for students.


  • Harvard Business School Cases | HBR Case Studies
    The Harvard Business School case collection includes over 7,500 cases.
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business Case List | SB Case Studies
    Listing of cases (many of which have teaching notes) developed by the Stanford business school.
  • Darden Case Collection | UV Darden Cases
    The Darden case collection, maintained by the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, includes over 1000 cases. Abstracts are available and the collection can be searched by keyword. Cases can be ordered directly online.
  • European Case Clearing House
    Based on the campus of Cranfield University in the U.K., the clearinghouse maintains and distributes business cases developed by the Cranfield School of Management and the London Business School, as well as the business schools at Harvard, University of Western Ontario, and University of Virginia. The Web site provides telnet access to the COLIS abstract database, which can be searched by subject area.
  • Ted Rogers School of Management | Toronto MU Case Study Collection
    The Ted Rogers School of Management In Canada has a large collection of cases.

Websites with Native American Cases

There are not many sources of Native American cases and they are often difficult to locate, because most keywords are organized by disciplinary topics and they do not usually include keywords such as “American Indian” or “Native American.” The following sources do include a small number of Native cases. As you evaluate these cases, be sure to look at whether the case truly presents a Native point of view and whether the case is up-to-date and accurate. There are many research cases that take the form of final reports on model Native American programs to funding agencies. These are not typically open-ended teaching cases but they could be converted into good teaching cases.

  • Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
    This large (+1500) collection of government and public policy cases includes a small number of cases on Native issues.
  • National Science Teaching Association | NSTA Case Studies
    This large collection of science has a small number of Native cases.
  • TED Case Studies: An Online Journal
    This environmental issues site has a small number of Native cases.
  • Lansdowne, M. 1999. American Indian Entrepreneurs: Flathead Reservation Case Studies. Pablo, Mt. Salish Kootenai College Press.
    This is a terrific collection of eight cases for a business curriculum in Entrepreneurship. An instructor’s manual and videos are available to accompany this curriculum.
  • Little Chief Bryan, L. 1999 American Indian Entrepreneurs: Rosebud and Pine Ridge Flathead Reservation Case Studies. Pablo, Mt. Salish Kootenai College Press.
    This is a terrific collection of eight cases for a business curriculum in Entrepreneurship. An instructor’s manual and videos are available to accompany this curriculum.
  • Enduring Legacies Native Cases Initiative  | ESC Native Case Studies
    This is the open source website for the Enduring Legacies Native Cases project. It contains more than 120 Native cases and teaching notes.
  • Stanford University School of Medicine: Ethnogeriatrics | SU Ethno Med
    This website has excellent materials including a research report on American Indians and Alaska Natives as well as other ethnic groups in the US and a small number of case studies.

Case Study Teaching: A Bibliography

Introductory Readings on Teaching with Cases

Boehrer, J. 1994. On teaching a case. International Studies Notes 19:13-19.

Boehrer, J. 1990-91. Spectators and gladiators: Reconnecting students with the problem. Teaching Excellence 2. No. 42, Summer 1990. Jossey-Bass Inc.

Boehrer, J., and M. Linsky. 1990. Teaching with cases: Learning to question. New Directions for Teaching and Learning. No. 42, Summer 1990. Jossey-Bass Inc.

Christensen, C.R., D.A. Garvin, and A Sweet (eds.). 1991. Education for Judgment: The Artistry of Discussion Leadership. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Christensen, C.R., A.J. Hansen, and L.B. Barnes. 1994. Teaching and the Case Method. 3rd ed. Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing Division.

Cliff, W.H., and L. Nesbitt Curtin. 2005. An Open or Shut Case? Contrasting Approaches to Case Study Design. Journal of College Science Teaching 30(1):14-17.

Cliff, W.H., and L. Nesbitt Curtin. 2005. The Directed Case Method: Teaching Concept and Process in a Content-Rich Course. Journal of College Science Teaching 30(1):64-67.

Conant, J. B. 1957. Harvard Case Histories in Experimental Science. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1957.

Copeland, M.T. 1958. The case method of instruction. In And Mark an Era: The Story of the Harvard Business School. Boston: Little Brown.

Easton, G. 1993. Learning From Case Studies. London: Prentice-Hall.

Ellet, William. 2007. The Case Study Handbook. Harvard Business School Press.

Fitch. B. and Kirby, A. 2000. Students’ Assumptions and Professors’ Presumptions: Creating a Learning Community for the Whole Student. College Teaching 48 (2): 47-54.

Herreid, C.F. 1997. Journal of College Science Teaching 27:92-94. Herreid, C.F. 1997/1998. ? What makes a good case Journal of College Science Teaching 27:163-165.

Herreid, C.F. 1998. Sorting potatoes for Miss Bonner: Bringing order to case-study methodology through a classification scheme. Journal of College Science Teaching 27:236-239.

Herreid, C.F. 1999. Cooking with Betty Crocker: A recipe for case writing. Journal of College Science Teaching 29:156-158.

Herreid, C.F. 2000. And all that jazz: An essay extolling the virtues of writing case teaching notes. Journal of College Science Teaching 29(4):225-228.

Herreid, C.F. 2007. Start with a Story: The Case Study Method of Teaching College Science. Arlington, Va: NSTA.

Leenders, M.R., and J.A. Erskine. 1989. Case Research: The Case Writing Process. London, ON: Research and Publications Division, School of Business Administration, University of Western Ontario.

Lynn, Laurence. What is the Case Method? A Guide and Casebook. 1996. Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID) in Japan.

Lynn, Laurence. 1999. Teaching and Learning with Cases: A Guidebook. Chatham House Publishers. Seven Bridges Press, LLC.

Mauffette-Leeners et. al. (2007) Learning with Cases. Ivey School of Business.

Schwartz. P. et. al. 2001. Problem-Based Learning: Case Studies, Experience and Practice. Kogan Page Ltd.

Smith, B., Linda Moon Stumpff, and Rob Cole. Engaging Students from Underrepresented Populations : The Enduring Legacies Native Cases Initiative. Journal of College Science Teaching. Vol. 41, No.4.

Wasserman, S. 1994. Introduction to Case Method Teaching. New York: Teachers College Press.

Pedagogical Approaches

Barkley, E., K.P. Cross and C.H. Major.(2005)  Collaborative Learning Techniques. Jossey bass.

Bean, John. (1996) Engaging Ideas. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Bransford, J. D., Brown, A.L. and Cocking, R.R., (eds.).  (1999) How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. National Research Council (U.S.).  Committee on Developments in the Science of Learning. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

Brookfield, Stephen and Stephen Preskill, (2005) Discussion as a Way of Teaching. Jossey Bass.

Duch, B.J. S. Groh, and D. Allen. 2001. The Power of Problem-Based Learning. Stylus Publishing. LLS.

Erskine, J. M. Leanders, L., Mauffette-Lenders (2003) Teaching With Cases. 2nd edition. Ivey Publioshing.

Herreid, C.F. 1998. Why isn't cooperative learning used to teach science? Bioscience 48:553-559.

Herreid, C.F. 1999. The bee and the groundhog: Lessons in cooperative learning--Troubles with groups. Journal of College Science Teaching 28:226-228.

Herreid, C.F. 1996b. Structured controversy: A case study strategy. (DNA fingerprinting in the courts). Journal of College Science Teaching 26:95-101.

Herreid, C.F. 1998. Return to Mars: How not to teach a case study. Journal of College Science Teaching 27:379-382.

Herreid, C.F. 1999. Dialogues as case studies: A discussion on human cloning. Journal of College Science Teaching 28:245.

Johnson, David and Roger Johnson. (1992). Creative Controversy: Intellectual Challenge in the Classroom. Interaction Book Company.

Millis, B., and P. Cottell. 1998. Cooperative Learning for Higher Education Faculty. Phoenix: Oryx Press.

Shulman, J.H., R.A. Lotan, and J.A. Whitcomb. 1998. Groupwork in Diverse Classrooms . New York: Teachers College Press.

Welty, W.M. 1989. Discussion method teaching. Change: July/Aug. 1989, 41-49.

Yin,  Robert. 2003. Case Study Research: Design and Methods. Sage publications.

Yin, Robert (2004) The Case Study Anthology. Sage Publications.


Herreid, C.F. 2001. When justice peeks: Evaluating students in case method teaching. Journal of College Science Teaching 30(7):430-433.

Lundeberg, M.A., B.B. Levin, and H.L. Harrington. 1999. Who Learns What From Cases and How? The Research Base for Teaching and Learning with Cases. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Yadov, A., M.A. Lundeberg, K. Dirkin, N. schiller, and C.F. Herreid. 2006. National Survey of Faculty Perceptions of Case-Based Instruction in Science. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, Ca.

Case Teaching in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Education

Brakke, M., T. Dunrud, R. Peterson, M. Reicks, and S. Simmons. 1994. Decision Cases for Secondary Education. College of Agriculture Program for Decision Cases, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. A comprehensive website of cases in education.

Colber, J.A., K. Trimble, and P. Desberg. 1996. The Case for Education: Contemporary Approaches for Using Case Methods. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Daft, R.L., and K.M. Dahlen. 1984. Guide to case analysis. In Organization Theory: Cases and Applications. R.L. Daft and K.M. Dahlen, editors. New York: West Pub.

Guyer, R.L., M.L. Dillon, and L. Anderson. 2000. Bioethics cases and issues: Enrichment for social science, humanities, and science courses. Social Education 64(7):410-414.

Hutchings, P. 1993. Using Cases to Improve College Teaching: A Guide to a More Reflective Practice. Washington, DC: American Association for Higher Education.

Lansdowne, M. 1999. American Indian Entrepreneurs: Flathead Reservation Case Studies. Pablo, Mt. Salish Kootenai College Press. Videos are available to accompany this curriculum.

Little Chief Bryan, L. 1999 American Indian Entrepreneurs: Rosebud and Pine Ridge Flathead Reservation Case Studies. Pablo, Mt. Salish Kootenai College Press.  Videos are available to accompany this curriculum.

McAninch, A.R. 1993. Teacher Thinking and the Case Method. New York: Teachers College Press.

McNair, M.P., and A.C. Hersum. 1954. The Case Method at the Harvard Business School. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Shulman, J.H. 1996. Tender feelings, hidden thoughts: Confronting bias, innocence and racism through case discussions. In J. Colbert, P. Desberg, and K. Trimble, editors, The Case for Education: Contemporary Approaches for Using Case Methods 137-158. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Silverman, R., and W.M. Welty. 1990. Teaching with cases. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.

Silverman, R., W.M. Welty, and S. Lyon. 1991. Case Studies for Teacher Problem Solving. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Smith, B.L. editor. 1993. Washington Center Casebook on Collaborative Teaching and Learning. Olympia, WA: Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education.

Sweet, Michael and Larry Michaelson (eds). (2012) Team-Based Learning in the Social Scienced and Humanities. Stylus Publications

Wasserman, S.M. 1992. A case concerning content: Using case studies to teach about subject matter. In J.H. Shulman, ed., Case Methods in Teacher Education 64-89. New York: Teachers College Press.

Case Teaching in the Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering

Allchin, Douglas. 2000. How not to teach historical cases in science. Journal of College Science Teaching 30(1): 33-37.

Allen, B.C., and C.F. Herreid. 1998. The petition: A global warming case study. Journal of College Science Teaching 28:82-86.

Allen, B.C., and C.F. Herreid. 1998. Is there life on Mars? Journal of College Science Teaching 27:307-310.

Barnett, C., D. Goldsten, and B. Jackson. 1994. Mathematics Teaching Cases: Fractions, Decimals, Ratios, and Percents; Hard to Teach and Hard to Learn? Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Chatterjee, S., M.S. Handcock, and J.S. Simonoff. 1995. A Casebook for a First Course in Statistics and Data Analysis. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Connor, J.M. 2000. Studying racial bias: too hot to handle? Journal of College Science Teaching 30(1):26-32.

Cornely, K. 1998. Use of case studies in an undergraduate biochemistry course. Journal of Chemical Education 75(4):475-478.

Dunnivant, F.M., A. Moore, and M.J. Alfano. 2000. Understanding the greenhouse effect: Is global warming real? An integrated lab-lecture case study for non-science majors. Journal of Chemical Education 77(12):1602-1603.

Fourtner, A.W., C.R. Fourtner and C.F. Herreid. 1994. Bad blood: A case study of the Tuskegee syphilis project. Journal of College Science Teaching 23:277-285.

Herreid, C.F. 1994a. Case studies in science: A novel method of science education. Journal of College Science Teaching 23:221-229.

Herreid, C.F. 1994b. Journal articles as case studies: The New England Journal of Medicine on breast cancer. Journal of College Science Teaching 23:349-355.

Herreid, C.F. 1996a. Case study teaching in science: A dilemma case on "animal rights." Journal of College Science Teaching 25:413-418.

Irwin, A.R. 2000. Historical case studies: Teaching the nature of science in context. Science Education 84(1):5-26.

Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education. 2006. Case Studies published in the Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education 1992-2005. American Society of Agronomy. Madison Wisconsin.

Lantz, J.M., and M.M. Walczak. 1997. The Elements of a chemistry case: Teaching chemistry using the case discussion method. The Chemical Educator 1(6)

Richmond, G., and B. Neureither. 1998. Making a case for cases: The cholera epidemic, present and past. American Biology Teacher 60(5):335-342.

Schiller, N.A., and C.F. Herreid. The Galapagos. (Case study) Journal of College Science Teaching 30(1):56-63.

Smith, R.A., and S.K. Murphy. 1998. Using case studies to increase learning and interest in biology. American Biology Teacher 60(4):265-268.

Swinton, S.C. (ed.). 1995. Teaching and learning with cases: promoting active learning in agriculture, food and natural resource education : proceedings of a workshop held in Chaska, Minnesota, July 6-8, 1995. East Lansing, MI: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University.

Waterman, Margaret and E. Stanley. 2008. Biological Inquiry: A Workbook of Cases for Biology. Pearson Education.

Wheatley, J. 1986. The use of case studies in the science classroom. Journal of College Science Teaching March/April 1986: 428-431.

Wood, Bonnie. 2009. Lecture-Free Teaching. NSTA Press.

Woody, M., S. Albrecht, and T. Hines. 1999. Directed case studies in baccalaureate nursing anatomy and physiology. Journal of Nursing Education 38(8):383-386.

Research Protocols in Writing Native Cases

Cross, T. Fox, K. Becker-Green, J. & Wileto, A.A.A.2004. Case Studies in Tribal Data Collection and Use. Portland, OR: National Indian Child Welfare Association.

Christopher. S.2005. Conducting Successful Research with Native Americans. 20 (1): 47-51.

Committee on Native American Child Health and Committee on Community Health Services. 2004. Ethnical Considerations in Research with Socially Identifiable Populations. Pediatrics. 113 (10: 148-151.

Davis, S. and Reid, R. 1999. Practicing Participatory Research in American Indian Communities. Am. Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 69 (4): 755S-759S.

Mihesuah, D.A. 2005. So You Want to Write about American Indians? Lincoln, Neb: U of Nebraska Press.