Resources on Oil & Gas

The extractive industries are a hot topic for research.

Often, scholars are interested in learning about the environmental and human rights impact of the large oil and mining concerns.  And, sometimes, scholars are just interested in the business of these multinational corporations.

Here is a quick guide to learning more about the extractive industries.

Practice Guides


US Agencies

Energy Information Administration
Provides data and research on the environment and energy sources inclusing the Annual Energy Outlook and the International Energy Outlook

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Includes news, legal resources, reports, and analysis on energy related industries

Securities Exchange Commission
SEC to require resource extraction company-issuers to disclose any payment made to a foreign government for commercial development of oil, natural gas, or minerals.


International Energy Agency
Publishes research and data on energy security, economic development, and environmental protection. Free access to some publications and executive summary of reports by country or topic

American Petroleum Institute
One of the comprehensive information sources on petroleum industry including introduction to the industry, data, reports, and analysis.

Provides reports and data such as prices, production and oil reserves.

Industry Reports


UN Eergy Statistics Yearbook
Provides time series data from 1950-2005 and is updated annually during October-November.

Research Support

For help efficiently navigating it all, make a time to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.

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