Networking - discover someone's background or locate contacts
Leadership Library – important people in companies, nonprofits, governments, media, law, etc. Includes email, phone, bios.
Marquis Who’s Who – quick, authoritative bios on 1.4 million people worldwide; get lists by categories, such as "marketing executives" LexisNexis Academic – use the “people” tab; detailed information from a range of sources Pivot – researchers and experts from universities, government agencies, and R&D organizations internationally ProQuest – news articles on people from thousands of publications
Networking through professional associations: every job has an association that supports it, both nationally and locally; find yours. Most have student memberships. Don't forget to look at their job boards!
*Special tip* - Marquis Who’s Who: use the (Advanced Search) and Marquis Biographies Online to find executives in your occupation and your city. Then, look at their profiles under "memberships" and see what organizations they belong to.