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Coulter Translational Partnership Program: Stakeholders

Tips, techniques & links to help you find answers for your research papers & projects

LinkedIn

With over 400,000,000 members, LinkedIn is one way to find industry stakeholders.  The Premium membership offers access to the personal profiles of LinkedIn members that are blocked in the free membership.  There is a free trial available which you will see linked at the top right of the landing page, http://www.linkedin.com

With a bit of work, you may be able to find more information on the people whose profiles are behind the pay wall without paying.

To search for industry professionals:

  1. Go to http://www.linkedin.com.
  2. Click on "Advanced" (top bar, to right of magnifying glass).
  3. Enter a keyword, e.g. health, and an industry, e.g. Hospital & Health Care.

Some profiles will be available for viewing and others will be behind a pay wall.  You can try a couple of different methods to find more information.

  1. Do a Google search on the position title and organization if given.
  2. Do a Google Images search on the profile picture if available:
    1. Right-click and choose "save image as" and save it to your desktop.
    2. Go to http://images.google.com, click on the camera icon, choose "Upload an image".
    3. Once image is uploaded, you can add descriptive terms if needed to narrow your search.
    4. Cross your fingers!

Library Sources

Trade associations, trade journals, and consultants may be able to provide names of people to interview or be willing to talk.  You can use two resources via the Libraries, NetAdvantage and IBISWorld.  ReferenceUSA is available via Daniel Boone Regional Library (Columbia Public).  You will need a library card from them to access it.

ReferenceUSA
Search 14 million U.S. businesses and 135 million U.S. residents for up to date information. The U.S. Business database may be searched by business type, size and geographic location.  This source is available through the Columbia Public Library/Daniel Boone Regional Library.  You must have a library card from them to access.