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Purpose of this LibGuide
|Flowing oil well, Oklahoma c.1919.
This Library Research Guide will provide information about and access to some of the most significant research materials available from McFarlin Library related to the discipline of Petroleum Engineering.
If you're just beginning your research or you want to develop a basic understanding of Petroleum Engineering, check out the Books & E-Books tab. Books often synthesize the available scholarship on a topic. This makes them an excellent resource when you need a lot of information quickly (including historical information), you want to put a topic in context with other issues, or you need a good summary of research. McFarlin Library provides books in both print and electronic formats.
If you're doing more in-depth research, such as for an upper division or graduate class or a senior project, you'll probably want to track down some journal articles on your topic. Check out what's in the Journal Articles tab. You'll learn about the major resources McFarlin has that will help you identify and retrieve professional and scholarly articles on Engineering-related topics.
Best Bet for Research
Petroleum Abstracts TULSA Database
"The Petroleum Abstracts TULSA® Database is a comprehensive source of information on the oil and gas exploration and production industry with more than one million entries dating from 1965 to present. The database contains indexed bibliographic references and abstracts for scientific and technical articles from 300 journals and 200 conference proceedings worldwide, patent gazettes and full-text patents, government documents, dissertations, books, and other sources. The topics covered include: Geology; Geochemistry; Geophysics; Drilling; Well Logging; Well Completion and Servicing; Production of Oil and Gas; Reservoir Engineering and Recovery Methods; Pipelining, Shipping and Storage; Alternate Fuels and Energy Sources; Business and Economics; Health, Safety and Environment; and Science and Engineering. More than 35,000 entries are added to the database each year." -- EBSCO
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
"Since its founding in 1917, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists has been a pillar of the worldwide scientific community. The original purpose of AAPG, to foster scientific research, to advance the science of geology, to promote technology, and to inspire high professional conduct, still guides the Association today. AAPG provides publications, conferences, and educational opportunities to geoscientists and disseminates the most current geological information available to the general public. As the world's premier professional association for explorationists, AAPG is about the science of petroleum geology." -- website
American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers
"Founded in 1871 by 22 mining engineers in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. AIME was one of the first national engineering societies established in the United States. Representing over 200,000 professionals worldwide, including: SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration), TMS (The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society), AIST (Association for Iron & Steel Technology), SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers). -- website
American Petroleum Institute (API)
"The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Our more than 625 corporate members, from the largest major oil company to the smallest of independents, come from all segments of the industry. They are producers, refiners, suppliers, marketers, pipeline operators and marine transporters, as well as service and supply companies that support all segments of the industry." -- website
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
The SPE is "the largest individual-member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry." -- website
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