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Petroleum and Energy in the Geosciences: Home

This guide is a window on resources for petroleum and other energy resources.

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Do you need to find information on oil fields, the oil, petroleum, and gas industry, or on other types of energy? If so, you've come to the correct place! This guide will walk you through a few very helpful concepts and resources that we have available locally.

  • Search strategies in Articles+. This page will show you tips and techniques for locating information about very large (and very new) oil fields in Articles+ using several key facets. You can use similar searches for many kinds of petroleum and energy questions!
  • Reports, Articles, & Industry Research. The information you need won't be in just one place — you'll need to make use of a large cross-section of our article & abstract databases to find what you need.
  • Online reference and research materials. Depending on what you need, you may need to consult a Treatise or two — such as the Treatise on Geomorphology or Geophysics or Geochemistry. These contain entries signed by eminent researchers that provide topical overviews and key information about concepts.
  • Government information. Congressional hearings, research reports, and other recorded activities of governments can supplement information you find elsewhere. Often, company executives, commerce-related associations, and researchers will testify and/or produce reports.

Some energy-related information is held in other subject guides, such as those used in F&ES. To the right, please find a list of other places that will be helpful if your question is really sticky. You can also email one of us (see the contact info at the right) with questions.


Thunder Horse Semisubmerged oil rig, which is in the water.

Image credit: Thunder Horse Semisub. (2017, March 10). Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Retrieved 18:58, July 8, 2019.

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