Finding Experts

April 17, 2008 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

The bad news: There is no central repository of experts.

Encyclopedia of Associations [NYU-Only]
Use this resource to identify organizations that deal with your topic.
NOTE: Sometimes individual associations will have their own databases of experts in the field.

ProfNet [Free; Registration Required]
Designed with journalists in mind, you can search this network of 25,000 experts.

Subject-Specific Article Databases [NYU-Only]
Search a subject-specific database to find out which academics are writing about your topic. Subject-specific databases such as PsycINFO are very scholarly in nature and contain articles by academic experts in a field.

Two subject-specific databases that are freely available to the public are:

  • ERIC
    This is *the* education database. Sponsored by the US Dept of Education, Institute for Education Sciences.
  • PubMed
    Great for medical topics. A service of the US National Medical Library and the National Institutes of Health.

For Science and Medical Experts

    Find experts in the specific areas of life-sciences, including chemistry, biology and medicine. (Site pulls its data by analyzing articles and authors in PubMed.) Still under development. Read more about Authoratory
  • Media Resource Service
    A non-profit service that has served as a bridge between science and the media since 1980. Journalists can call or email and get help at no charge in locating expert sources of information on science and technology.
  • American Men and Women of Science [NYU Only]
    ” biographical dictionary of the significant players in the physical, biological and related sciences”. Includes contact info.

Find an expert at NYU


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