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What Things You Should be Aware to Write a Case Study Author: Kristen Stewart

Just like any piece of academic writing , the more organized you are, the less stressful you should find it. Before you should start to write your casestudy, you must be sure that you have collected and analyzed your data properly. Your topic should be clearly thought out before you approach anyone for an interview. It is important to keep in mind that the people you may need to question will be busy, so be as flexible as you possibly can to ensure that you can get the data you need (bribing candidates with money usually works, and some departments have budgets for this).

Once you have secured your interviews, make sure you know exactly what you are doing. Write down clear open and closed questions to ask and take a Dictaphone with you, this way you won’t tamper with the information – it is easy to forget when you have interviewed a few people, or simply have had a long day. But whatever you do, stay away from closed yes or no questions, they are useless. However, if you do need to ask closed question, follow it up with open question like ‘Why do you think this way? Give 3 examples’.

When you have all of the information you need, analysis is needed. This is perhaps the most important part of the process, before you actually write. At this stage you go through your research and compare it to research that has already been done in the area. This is where you will start to formulate your discussion and conclusions to your case study. What were your intentions? Was it relevant? What did your research prove? How does it match/differ from other research in the field? How can this research be taken forward? Is there scope for a larger project? By setting yourself specific questions you will be able to paint a clear picture of where your argument will go. It may help to jot all of these notes down before you start to write, so the angle and/or stance that you are going to take in your case study is clear. Only when it is clear should you write.

Typically case studies follow this format: introduction, background research, examples, and conclusion. The introduction is where you lay out all of your ideas, findings and present any arguments if you find any discrepancies between your research and others’ research that are relevant. From there you write about the background to this research – why it is important, where it is going etc., and then you give a few examples. The amount of examples will depend

on a how much research has been done in your field and if you have a word limit. Word limits can be incredibly stifling! After you have given your examples, use your conclusion to wrap it up. Think of the writing process, in any academic form, as a cyclic entity – you introduce, you argue, you conclude. Just make sure that you have addressed all the points you have made in your introduction. For more information, visit:

What Things You Should be Aware to Write a Case Study