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Case studies are often published in journal articles, so consult the journal indexes listed in this guide.
Some case studies are presented as conference papers, which are sometimes published as part of conference proceedings (see below), as well as in journals.
Look for projects that have received formal recognition; awards announcements will usually provide details about a project that may be helpful to you. These announcements are sometimes published in journals, as well as on the web sites of the organizations making the awards.
You may also discover compilations of case studies published as books; start with the OskiCat catalog: combine a keyword search describing your topic with a subject search with the phrases case studies or case method.
Books on "best practices" are often illustrated with case studies. See, for example, the best practices section of the Urban Designguide.
Covers every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre [1993 - present]
Indexes papers presented at conferences, symposia, meetings, expositions, workshops, and congresses worldwide in a variety of disciplines, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, physical and life sciences, biological and medical sciences,
(Formerly Project Reference Files.) Case studies with detailed information, including costs, designers, statistics, plans, etc. Ask at Environmental Design Library reference desk for logon and password. Limit search to type of project, location, and use keywords preservation or adaptive use. Extremely important to logout after each use.
Getting to know your 20th-century neighborhood, by Greta Terrell. Washington, DC: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1996. Historic Preservation Information Booklet. Focuses on American neighborhoods developed from 1900-1950; identifies architectural styles and landscaping trends.
Looking at cities, by Allan B. Jacobs, Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Pr., 1985. See especially Chapter 3, Clues, pp.30-83. Very useful presentation of the physical indicators that help the observer interpret an urban environment.