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Electronic Resources Covering the
Oil & Gas Industries

Included in this section are a variety of electronic resources and LC catalog searches useful for pursuing further research on this industry. Included are both freely available and subscription databases, e-journals, as well as links to industry portals, trade association publications, petroleum libraries, U.S. government information, and Library of Congress authorized subjects. Please check the individual sections of this guide for additional electronic resources and LC catalog searches relating to topics discussed in individual sections of this guide.

Finding Aids     Portals/Gateways    
Trade Associations     Libraries    
U.S. Government Information    
  Databases         LC Catalog Searches    

Finding Aids and Glossaries

Energy Glossary.

Includes terminology used in the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

Oil Field Glossary. External Link

This illustrated glossary includes more than 3800 entries for the technical generalist and the expert. Extensive references to technical papers.

Internet Archive. External Link

Allows you to search by a company's URL in order to view old Web pages which are no longer on the Web. Useful resource for historical research.
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Issue 5/6: Winter 2005/Spring 2006
Updated July 2013

The Oil & Gas Industry

Table of Contents

Cartels & Organizations
Transportation & Storage
Marketing & Distribution
Natural Gas Industry Trends
Alternative Energy Sources
Company Research
Statistical Sources
News & Analysis
Electronic Resources and Catalog Searches

Drilling Rig Near Sable Island
Image (above): Photograph of
drilling rig near Sable Island.
Courtesy of the Maritimes Region of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada.

Petroleum Abstracts. (PA) External Link

PA, the PA Bulletin, TULSA database and other products that include worldwide petroleum literature and patents related to exploration and production are available from this site with a subscription. See the web site for additional information on Petroleum Abstract's fee-based Search Service. External Link

Smithsonian Institution Archives. External Link

Enter search terms such as petroleum or gas in the search box to locate finding aids containing those terms. After selecting a finding aid, then use the "Find in this page" command in the Web browser to locate the terms in the finding aid. Most of the finding aids relate to information on exhibits.

Standard Industrial Classification Codes and North American Industrial Classification Codes.

Use the following industrial classification codes to search business databases subscribed to by a library. Petroleum refining industry SIC code - 29 and NAICS code - 324 crude petroleum and gas extraction industry SIC code - 1311 and NAICS code - 211111.

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Petroleum Industry Portals/Gateways

Adventures in Energy. External Link

A general multimedia guide for US citizens about the petroleum and natural gas industries. Demonstrates the processing stages from exploration to consumption.

American Petroleum Institute. External Link

API offers both consumers and professionals a large number of free resources. The About Oil and Natural Gas External Link section available from the home page provides basic information on the production of oil and natural gas and on oil and natural gas products as well as tips on energy conservation.

Australian Institute of Petroleum. External Link

The Institute collects and disseminates statistics and other information about the operations of the petroleum products industry and issues of public interest in the industry. External Link

The U.S. Dept. Of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Office of Energy and Environment, Energy Industries Team provides information resources by region of the world. External Link

A Middle East/ North African Financial News portal. The Market Data link available from the home page includes a section on the oil and energy industries. The site also includes a database External Link searchable by company, by industrial sector (choose "Oil, Gas and Petroleum" under the Industry category) and/or by country. External Link

Some categories of information on this site are: International coverage of petroleum projects, A-Z, and A-Z company index, products & services, industry news releases, conferences and international career opportunities. Many of the resources on the site are likely to be primarily of use to industry professionals.

Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse. External Link

Tristone Capital offers this database of oil and gas property acquisitions and divestitures.

Oil and Gas Online. External Link

Offers almost 400 market research reports on the petroleum industry to purchase. The site is primarily intended for industry professionals and B2B activities. External Link

International petroleum news portal.

Petroleum Bazaar. External Link

Portal of the oil and gas industry in India.

Petroleum Navigator.

Portal provided by U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Information Administration.

Regulatory information by sector. Oil and Gas Extraction Sector (NAICS 211).

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides a list of links dealing with pollution prevention, regulation and compliance. Offers technical publications and web sites of pollution prevention programs and research databases. Includes useful profiles of compliance information for the petroleum refining industry and compliance information for the oil and gas extraction industry.

Petro-plaza. External Link

Contains a large amount of content such as news, conferences, industry publications, and international listings of oil companies and associations. Each category can be searched independently. The site map is a useful navigation aid.

RefiningOnline. External Link

Refining Online[add trademark R] is a leading Web portal for the petroleum refining industry. You may register and subscribe to this site for free. It features an interactive Q&A, a search engine for refining industry Web sites, an online ROL eStore, free ROL assistant software, technical knowledge base, events calendar, and member directory.

RigData. External Link

Free listing of the location of oil rigs throughout the U.S. and statistics on rigs, permits and drillers. Sales statistics, company information and other reports are available with a subscription.

Subsea Oil and Gas Directory. External Link

B to B directory for the international oil and gas industry. Searchable directory for purchasers sourcing global subsea oil and gas specific suppliers and contractors in order to identify potential approved vendors.

Twenty-Four Hours of Progress (Part I). External Link

Short film on the oil industry. Producer: Film Counselors, Inc. The film describes the central importance of the oil industry to the American economy. Complete shotlist is provided.

World Oil Online. External Link

Provides information for the oil and gas industry. Some areas of this site may require registration, however there is no cost to register. Most of the publications are available for purchase but with registration one can access certain resources on the site without charge including the current issue of the World Oil magazine,External Link Industry Statistics,External Link the Energy Events Calendar External Link and much more.

Yahoo! News: Oil and Gas Industry. External Link

News portal from Yahoo! Includes links to NPR audio and BBC video resources.

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Trade Associations and Publications

Independent Petroleum Association of America. External Link

Provides research in the form of economic reports, statistics and international forum reports.

Institute of Petroleum. External Link

For sixty years the Institute of Petroleum has been one of the principal independent bodies in Europe concerned with the advancement of technical and economic knowledge in the oil and gas industry around the world.

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers. External Link

Formerly National Petrochemical & Refiners Association AFPM represents most U.S. refiners and petrochemical manufacturers. Some of the publications and statistical data on the website are freely available but most of the content is for members and subscribers.

Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) External Link

Includes full-text annual reports, statistical reports, monthly bulletins, etc. of OAPC.

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) publications. External Link

Includes full-text annual reports, bulletins and a limited number of reports free of charge. A quarterly academic journal, OPEC Review, covers energy economics, and is available by subscription. The organization also offers an option to purchase online access to individual articles from the journal. An advanced search feature allows one to search the entire site or restrict the search to individual publications.

Utility and Energy Research Library. External Link

Allows requests of free subscriptions to petroleum industry trade journals, white papers, reports, case studies, magazines, and eBooks.

World Energy Council (WEC) publications. External Link

Congresses, speeches, current online and free publications and archives are offered. Use the search feature to search Petroleum or Oil.

World Petroleum Council (WPC) publications External Link

Proceedings of the WPC, handbook, speeches, etc. are provided in full-text under the Publications category.

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Petroleum Libraries

Barrows Company Library. External Link

Fee-based international reference library for oil, gas and minerals laws.

Dallas Public Library. Nancy and Jake L. Haman Oil and Gas Resource Center. External Link

Provides a comprehensive current collection of print and electronic materials with emphasis on investments, company information, financial management, industrial surveys and statistics within the oil and gas industry and the broader energy industry.

Energy Information Administration (EIA) Library and Archives.

Provides free access to almost 1,200 full-text U.S. Dept. of Energy, EIA publications. Current publications of EIA are available at

OnePetro (formerly the Society of Petroleum Engineers eLibrary External Link

On July 1, 2009 eLibrary became OnePetro.  OnePetro is a multi-society library bringing together a broad range of technical literature relating to the oil and gas industry.  Documents found during a search may be purchased online and downloaded as PDF files.  Information on the organizations and documents included in OnePetro can be found on the coverage page.External Link

Panhandle Plains Historical Museum Library & Archives External Link

The library offers books, manuscripts, historical photographs, oral history interviews, trade literature and architectural drawings and maps. Located in Canyon, Texas.

Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering Resources External Link

Comprehensive listings of organizations, government and commercial entities.

The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum Library & Archives Center External Link

The museum library has a wide range of published books, manuscripts, sound recordings, motion picture film, maps and photographic prints on the Permian Basin petroleum industry. This is a non-circulating library (all materials must e used on-site), however they do offer reproduction External Link [PDF format/ 224.6KB 4 p.] and photo duplication External Link [PDF format/ 275.1KB 2 p.] services.

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U.S. Government Information

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

Predominantly concerned with offshore drilling and leases. Produces the Five Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Natural Gas Leasing Program, handles the actual Oil and Gas Lease Sales, along with Marine Minerals negotiated agreements, responsible for offshore Renewable Energy Programs, conducts environmental reviews. The Statistics and Facts area has data by: Headquarters, Alaska, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific and the Library has Gulf of Mexico OCS Region Publications, the Deepwater Horizon reading room, Alaska Scientific and Technical Publications, etc. They also have a Data Center that provides data by: Company, Field & Reserves, Geological and Geophysical Studies, Mapping, Leasing, Pipeline, Plans and Permits, Platform/Rig, Production, Seismic, and Well (Directional Surveys)

Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER) External Link

Provided by Research Division of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. This web site provides historical economic statistical publications, releases, and documents. When used in connection with data contained in FRED™ External Link (Federal Reserve Economic Data), FRASER™ allows the researcher to create uninterrupted data series by accessing sources previously available only in print. Search for petroleum data.

Government Printing Office. Federal Digital System (FDsys)

Use this site to search for government documents on the petroleum industry.

Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission External Link

Commission of U.S. Governor's of oil and gas producing states. Includes a state membership directory,External Link and extensive links to other state and national government sites,External Link industry-related sites, and the sites of professional societies, as well as a complete list of publications, some of which are freely available.

Use this portal to search for government information from all state, municipal and federal government agencies.

U.S. Dept. of Energy. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

List of DOE, EIA petroleum experts who specialize in petroleum data, along with an Ask an Expert service via email or telephone. Also available from the EIA are a number of publications including:
  • International Energy Outlook, which offers an An excellent overview of the global petroleum industry

  • International Energy Annual. This title includes long-term historical international energy statistics, as well as Country Analysis Briefs, which provide information on the world oil market and environmental data on energy production and usage. Search by geographic area.

U.S. Dept. of Energy. Office of Fossil Energy. Strategic Petroleum Reserve

The reserve is a key emergency response tool available to the President to protect Americans from energy supply disruptions. This site also offers a searchable Fossil Energy R&D Project Data Base which includes 500 active R&D projects. Of interest to researchers of U.S. consumer protection and pricing.

U.S. House of Representatives. Committee on Natural Resources

House committee that discusses the energy issues and policy of the United States.

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Search Engines/Databases

BizMiner External Link

Purchase detailed industry analysis and marketing plan research. Offers industry search External Link by keyword, SIC codes, A-Z list of industrial segments and industry groups. Energy & Industry category should be used to acquire petroleum industry information. Examples External Link of industry reports are available.

Business Insights: Global
Subscription resource. LC patrons must be onsite to use this resource.

Subscription database available at a library. Search petroleum companies by name or use SIC or NAICS codes to acquire information on petroleum companies.

CSIRO Petroleum External Link

Australian petroleum industry links to all R&D initiatives. Site also includes the Australian Resources Research Center annual report.

Dissertations & Theses: Full Text (Proquest)
Subscription resource. Available to LC patrons onsite.

Fee-based service on demand for dissertations and theses. Best search results if you search by title or author of dissertation. Research and university libraries may have ProQuest's Digital Dissertation service available for their patrons.

Energy Intelligence Publications External Link

Large number of publications on the petroleum industry available to purchase as pay-per-view or subscription. Saved query feature available to subscribers only. Free trials External Link and sample issues of a limited number of publications are available free of charge.

Financial Times Business Reports: Energy

Proprietary database available through DataStar, Nexis and FT Profile. Ask about access to this database at a university or research library. The database contains full-text articles from selected Financial Times newsletters covering key energy sectors. Over 200 articles are added weekly.

GAsearch External Link

Subscription database which provides Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma oil and gas companies' marketing and tax departments with a tool to help with contract negotiations, wellhead price confirmations, tax preparation and regulatory filing confirmations. Provides detailed market production, sales and ad valorem tax reports.

High External Link

High Beam offers a free trial with access to 34 million documents from over 3,000 sources. Use the advanced search feature to search for "oil or petroleum," then choose the source types and publication dates of the documents you wish to view. Especially useful for historical research since some articles go back as far as twenty years.

Hydrocarbon Online External Link

B to B site for petroleum industry professionals. Market research reports available to purchase.

Index to Early Petroleum History Sites External Link

Page of links for history of the petroleum industry in the U.S. and other countries. Sister page of historical photographs External Link of the petroleum industry in the U.S.

ISI Emerging Markets
Subscription resource. Available to LC patrons onsite.

A subscription database available at numerous university or research libraries. This database is especially good for third world countries. Begin search by country or geographic region and then choose company or industrial sector.

Market Research Library

International market research provided by the U.S. Commercial Service. Search by industry: Energy & Mining. Available for free but registration is required.

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) External Link

Search of the NBER site for NBER Working papers relating to petroleum.

Petroleum Equipment Directory External Link

Petroleum Equipment Institute sponsors this database which includes member company and product information for the petroleum equipment industry. The advanced search interface allows you to search geographic, operations, lines, products and individuals associated with the membership.

Petroleum Environmental Research Forum External Link

PERF is a nonprofit research and development joint venture of petroleum companies. This database covers research projects performed by member companies. It includes information relating to the development of technology for health, environment and safety, waste reduction and system security in the petroleum industry. Offers a search by named petroleum company members who sponsor environmental R&D projects and their costs. The PERF newsletter describes ongoing activities of this organization. Newsletter archive External Link is available for free.

PrecisionIR External Link

Annual reports of oil, gas and energy companies available to download.

RDS Business Reference Suite
Subscription resource. Available to LC patrons onsite.

This suite includes three databases: Business & Industry, Business & Management Practices, TableBase. Ask for this subscription database at a university or research library. Search for journal articles and tables on the petroleum industry.

SAGE Business Researcher
Subscription resource. Available to LC patrons onsite.

This web-based subscription database has reports on a number of topics including Global Oil and Gas Industry (March 2, 2015) by Ángel González. This report provides an industry overview, discussion of the industry issues, historical background information, current situation, and the future outlook. A chronology of important dates and bibliography are also included.

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Library of Congress Catalog Searches

Additional works on the petroleum industry in The Library of Congress may be identified by searching the Online Catalog under appropriate Library of Congress subject headings. Choose the topics you wish to search from the following list of Library of Congress subject headings to link directly to the Catalog and automatically execute a search for the subject selected. Please be aware that during periods of heavy use you may encounter delays in accessing the catalog. Please check the other sections of this guide for catalog searches which relate to topics covered by those sections. For assistance in locating the many other subject headings which relate to the petroleum industry, please consult a reference librarian.

Petroleum industry and trade

Broader Term

Energy industries

Narrower Terms

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