About the Collection


  • One of the primary goals of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science is to develop and maintain a nationally accessible refereed collection of exemplary case studies in all areas of science for use at the undergraduate, graduate, and high school level. We have been working toward this goal for over 20 years and our collection of more than 500 peer-reviewed cases has become the centerpiece of our website.
  • Our cases collection has been cited by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Research Council (NRC) as a source for model case studies. 
  • The cases are written by science faculty primarily from the U.S. and Canada, although our authors also hail from Sweden, Egypt, and Australia.
  • All of the cases on our site are published after undergoing a rigorous process of peer review by outside reviewers and author revision. They are also copy-edited in-house and formatted for web publication. Our goal is to produce and disseminate the highest quality material, both in terms of the content and the presentation.
  • All of the cases have teaching notes. Many also have answer keys. Because of their sensitive nature, both the answer keys and teaching notes are password protected. They also require a paid annual subscription to access. For more information, see Answer Key/Teaching Note Account Registration and Subscription.
  • Copyright for these materials is held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science. They may be used by teachers subject to our usage guidelines (see Permitted Uses).
  • We invite you to browse the collection. We also encourage you to become a member of our community by submitting a case of your own or by becoming one of our case reviewers. Case reviewers and case authors receive free access to the notes and answer keys for the year that they have been active.