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Best Practices

WealthEngine. Best Practices for Prospect Research in Higher Education Fundraising report (2012). Follow directions to download.

Association of Fundraising Professionals. (2009). Elements of successful prospect research.  (Summary of WealthEngine report upon its first release.)

Professional Publications

Chronicle of Higher Education:

Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Relevant laws

Freedom of Information Act (federal) and state Open Records/Open Meetings laws govern access to some documents.





  • Print version: 1 year retained in library, available for checkout. Located on Current Periodical shelves (1st floor), alphabetically by publication title. Lift up slanted shelves for back issues.

Dubuque Telegraph Herald


  • Database version: selected dates
  • Print version: 1995-current, available for checkout. Current issue located on Current Periodical shelves (1st floor), alphabetically by publication title. Lift up slanted shelves for some back issues. Previous issues located in Couchman Reading Room or lower level, depending on date.

See also database links above. To determine if UD has access to a particular periodical (magazine/newspaper/journal), use the library's Journal List.


Public Records

Availability & location of records may differ by location (county/state), date, etc. Some records may not be available electronically & will require visiting and/or calling.

State/County Records

The following may be available in county offices of the Recorder, Auditor, Assessor, and/or Treasurer:

Business Records

  • Business searches should be available through Secretary of State websites for most states. Example: Business Entities search
  • SEC EDGAR search: filings for publicly-traded companies
  • See also business databases above.

Court Records

Genealogical Research (subscription available at Carnegie Stout Public Library building)

Heritage Quest Online (subscription available through Carnegie Stout Public Library)

Newspaper Archive (requires paid subscription)

See additional resources from Carnegie Stout Public Library.

Other web resources

UD Publications

Advanced Google Searching

Google Advanced Search allows limiting by URL domain name (.gov, .com, etc.), format, language, last update, and more.

Other web searching tips:

*Try name variations when searching for individuals. Ex. Results differ for Marianne Smith vs. Mari Smith vs. Marianne Joy Smith

*For common names, add a middle name or keyword related to field of work or city/state of residence. Ex: Marianne Smith Dubuque

*Also search for information by business or organization name.

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