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Online Case Collections


  • SUNY-Buffalo National Center on Case Teaching in Science. This is the largest case collection in the sciences and is being continuously updated.
  • University of Delaware PBL Clearinghouse: 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.
  • ChemCases: Case-Study General Chemistry Curriculum Supplements: Supported by the National Science Foundation, ChemCases are designed to be used in the second semester of freshman general chemistry course for science and engineering majors to complement conventional text materials.  These cases can be viewed online along with the pedagogy and recommendations for incorporating them into chemistry courses.
  • Environmental Science Case Studies from Lancaster University: Case studies in environmental science, environmental chemistry, pollution science, environmental management, ecology, and geophysical sciences.
  • Energy and the Environment Cases: A collection of short case studies used in an experimental general education course taught at Cal State Fullerton by Professor Mark Shapiro of the Physics Department.
  • Beyond Discovery: The Path from Research to Human Benefit: Beyond Discovery is a project of the National Academy of Sciences. 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: Collection of interactive Web-based cases including the The Beast of Bodmin Moor and Piltdown Man.
  • UCLA Statistics Case Studies: Brief case studies (with questions) from the Department of Statistics at UCLA.
  • The Chance Database: Developed cooperatively by Middlebury, Grinnell, Spelman, UC-San Diego, University of Minnesota, and Dartmouth, CHANCE is a case study course to enhance quantitative reasoning with cases on current chance events as reported in the daily newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post and current journals such as Science, Nature, and the New England Journal of Medicine.


  • Engineering Case Studies, Rose Hulman/Carleton University: Collection of information on case studies in engineering including papers on how to write and how to teach using engineering cases. The site includes a catalog of over 250 cases maintained by the Center for Case Studies in Engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology which provides abstracts for the cases included and which can be searched by subject. Ordering information is provided. Online reviews are available for many of the cases.
  • Ergonomics Case Studies: Case studies available through ErgoWeb describe real life occupational hazards and their ergonomic solutions. Each case study consists of a task description, ergonomic risk factors, administrative or design solutions, comments, and vendor information.
  • Engineering Ethics Cases: Collection of brief discussion cases in engineering eithics with links to the actual NSPE Board of Ethics cases on which they were based.
  • Engineering Ethics: Introducing Ethics Case Studies Into Required Undergraduate Engineering Courses: Eleven detailed cases histories in engineering ethics, including the collapse of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency walkways, written by Texas A&M faculty with funding from the National Science Foundation.


  • 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.


Sustainability/Environmental Studies

Public Policy, Management, International Affairs

  • Kennedy School of Government 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: 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: 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 (see and the other for students (see


  • Harvard Business School Cases: The Harvard Business School case collection includes over 7,500 cases.
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business Case List: Listing of cases (many of which have teaching notes) developed by the Stanford business school.
  • Darden Case Collection: 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.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. The Native Nation Building Initiative at the U of Arizona ( has a large collection of cases at the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (
  3. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science. This large collection of science has a small number of Native cases. Go to
  4. The TED Case Studies: An Online Journal. This environmental issues site has a small number of Native cases. Go to
  5. A case center focusing on sustainable business. This site has three or four cases on Native issues. Go to
  6. Lansdowne, M. 1999. American Indian Entrepreneurs: FlatheadReservation 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.
  7. 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. 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.
  8. The Evergreen State College Native Cases This is the open source website for the Enduring Legacies Native Cases project. It contains more than 120 Native cases and teaching notes.
  9. Stanford University School of Medicine ethnogeriatrics 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. Visit it at http://geriatrics/


Introductory Readings on Teaching with Cases

Barnes, L.B., Christensen, C.R., and Hansen (1994) Teaching and the Case Method: Text, cases, and readings. Harvard Business School Press

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.

Duch, B.J. Groh and Allen (2001) The Power of Problem-Based Learning. Stylus Publishing.

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.

Herreid, C.F. N/ Schiller, and Ky Herreid. 2012. Science Stories: Using Case Studies to Teach Critical Thinking. 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.

Schwart. P. S. Mennin, abd G. Webb. 2001. Problem-Based Learning: Case Studies, Experience benefits and challenges of using cases. The J of College Science Teaching, 37(1), 34-38.

Additional Resources on Learning, Curriculum Design, and Assessment

Barkley, E., K.P. Cross and C.H. Major (2014) 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

Barkley, E., K.P. Cross, and C. Major. (2005). Collaborative Learning Techniques. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Cajete, Gregory. 1999. Igniting the Sparkle: An Indigenous Science Education Model. Kivaki Press: Skyland,Press: NC.

Cohen, E. (1986) Designing Groupwork. Teachers College Press.

Ginsberg and Wlodskowski. (2009) Diversity and Motivation. Jossey Bass. ISBN 978-0-7879-9611-6

Goodsell, et al. (1992) Collaborative Learning: A Sourcebook for Higher Education . National Center on Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

Handelsman,, J., S. Miller, C. Pfund. (2007) Scientific Teaching. WH Freeman and Company: New York.

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

Johnson , Johnson and Smith. (1991) Active Learning: Cooperation in the Classroom. Interaction Book Co.

Mattessich, P. (2004) Collaboration: What Makes it Work. Wilder Foundation. ISBN 0-940069-32-6

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.

 Smith, B.L., MacGregor, Matthews and Gabelnick (2004). Learning Communities: Reforming Undergraduate Education.  Jossey Bass.

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

Perkins, David (2009) Making Learning Whole. Jossey Bass: San Francisco. ISBN 978-0-470-38452-7

Wood, Bonnie. Lecture-Free Teaching. NSTA Press

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.

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.


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.

National Center for Case Study teaching partnership with Dept of Education at Michigan State University. Director Mary Lundeberg has produced an excellent website on assessment summarizing the literature as well as providing background information on instruments and approaches at

Wehlburg, C. (2008) Promoting Integrated and Transformative Assessment. Jossey Bass.ISBN 978-0-470-26135-4

Yadov, A., et. al. Teaching science with case studies: A national survey of faculty perceptions of the benefits and challenges of using cases. The J of College Science Teaching, 37(1), 34-38.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Approahces 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.

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.