The ODP is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of
the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community
of volunteer editors. A search for petroleum company information is
provided but there is much more information which may be of use to a
researcher of the petroleum industry.
Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
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
Petroleum Abstracts. (PA)
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.
Smithsonian Institution Archives.
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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Adventures in Energy.
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.
API offers both consumers and professionals a large number of free resources. The About Oil and Natural Gas
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.
Ask About Oil.
search portal for the petroleum energy community covers oil, gas, and
petroleum-related Web sites. It includes governmental, educational and
research, as well as commercial oil and gas web sites. According to the
site, users will get "better search results for questions about
petroleum, because because [the site] focuses on bring[ing] the best
web search technology to indexing the oil and gas web. The search
engine is tuned to give the best results for searches in petroleum
including: geology and geophysics, exploration, drilling, production,
pipeline, and retail distribution."
Australian Institute of Petroleum.
Institute collects and disseminates statistics and other information
about the operations of the petroleum products industry and issues of
public interest in the industry.
Canadian Oil Register. JuneWarren-Nickle's Energy Group.
A portal for Canadian oil company information and industry news. Freely available resources include Energy Toolkit, Events calendar, Oilpatch history, and the Canadian Oil Register Buyers' Guide. Other areas of the site require a
U.S. Dept. Of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Office of
Energy and Environment, Energy Industries Team provides information
resources by region of the world.
Facts on Fuel.
A general multimedia guide for US citizens about gasoline, natural gas,
diesel and heating oil. Provides useful statistical information in
Latin Petroleum Analytics.
An independent research firm provides news and insights into the
petroleum and petroleum-related industries throughout the Latin
American and Caribbean regions. Search petroleum news by country.
Online publications include The LatAm Energy eDaily which is available free with registration and The LatAm Energy Journal, The LatAm Energy Investor, and The LatAm Energy Research Review which are available to purchase.
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 searchable by company, by industrial sector (choose "Oil, Gas and Petroleum" under the Industry category) and/or by country.
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.
Tristone Capital offers this database of oil and gas property acquisitions and divestitures.
Oil and Gas Online.
Offers almost 400 market research reports on the petroleum industry to
purchase. The site is primarily intended for industry professionals and
International petroleum news portal.
A petroleum industry directory. Searchable by names of companies,
individuals, professionals, suppliers, contractors or by subject
categories. Lists federal, state, and local government agencies and
trade associations for the U.S. and Canada. Includes an alphabetical
listing of mergers and acquisitions. Under the Finance category content
from Baker Hughes such as weekly counts of North American oil rigs is
included. This site also offers a job center. (Note: this site is currently being rebuilt.)
Provides company profiles of oil and petroleum companies from around the world.
Portal of the oil and gas industry in India.
Portal provided by U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Information Administration.
Petroleum Refining Industry.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Twenty-Four Hours of Progress (Part I).
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.
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, Industry Statistics, the Energy Events Calendar and much more.
Yahoo! News: Oil and Gas Industry.
News portal from Yahoo! Includes links to NPR audio and BBC video resources.
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Independent Petroleum Association of America.
Provides research in the form of economic reports, statistics and international forum reports.
Institute of Petroleum.
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
National Petrochemical and Refiners Association.
Conference papers of NPRA which represents most U.S. refiners and petrochemical manufacturers.
Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC)
Includes full-text annual reports, statistical reports, monthly bulletins, etc. of OAPC.
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) publications.
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
TradePub.com Utility & Energy.
Allows requests of free subscriptions to petroleum industry trade journals.
World Energy Council (WEC) publications.
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
Proceedings of the WPC, handbook, speeches, etc. are provided in full-text under the Publications category.
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Barrows Company Library.
Fee-based international reference library for oil, gas and minerals laws.
Dallas Public Library. Nancy and Jake L. Haman Oil and Gas Resource Center.
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 http://www.eia.doe.gov/bookshelf.html
OnePetro (formerly the Society of Petroleum Engineers eLibrary
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.
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum Library & Archives
The library offers books, manuscripts, historical photographs, oral
history interviews, trade literature and architectural drawings and maps. Located in
Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering Resources
Comprehensive listings of organizations, government and commercial entities.
The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum Library & Archives Center
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
[PDF format/ 224.6KB 4 p.] and photo duplication
[PDF format/ 275.1KB 2 p.] services.
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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)
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
(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
Commission of U.S. Governor's of oil and gas producing states. Includes a
state membership directory, a blog, and extensive links to other state and national government sites, 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
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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Purchase detailed industry analysis and marketing plan research. Offers industry search
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 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.
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
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 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
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 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.
B to B site for petroleum industry professionals. Market research reports available to purchase.
Index to Early Petroleum History Sites
Page of links for history of the petroleum industry in the U.S. and other countries. Sister page of historical photographs
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
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)
Search of the NBER site for NBER Working papers relating to petroleum.
Petroleum Equipment Directory
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
Petroleum Environmental Research Forum
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 available for free.
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.
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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
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