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FYS A Barrel of Crude: Oil in American Life: Start Here

Dr Joseph Hower's FYS course discusses oil, American culture, and the environment.

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Credo is an academic alternative to Wikipedia. It's a great place to look for background information

Check out the Topic Page and Mind Map for Petroleum, or Peak Oil, or Energy Policy. You can gather lots of keywords, phrases, and resources here. 

For further in Information about writing and researching in History

Watch our how-to video on creating an Annotated Bibliography on the LIbrary's YouTube channel.

Also, check out the Guide for Writing in History from the DEWC. It has helpful info on Primary and Secondary sources. 

Avoid plagiarism: document your sources

Always cite your sources! Providing a citation credits sources you use, helps other readers locate a source, and is an important element of academic honesty. 

Turabian Quick Guide covers the basics of Turabian style. The Manual has more detailed information and can be found in the Research Commons and on Reserve.

Books at SLC: click on the cover to find it in WorldCat@SU

Where to find articles

Searching all library resources

Go to the library at to search the catalog [WorldCat@SU] and databases. Bookmark the site for future use. Also find the library in the Academic Life section of the SU app.

Create a list of words or concepts related to your topic and use them to search the catalog. Search results will include books, media, articles and more. To find just books, use the Refine This Search filters to limit Format to Books. The Description in a book's record includes contents and subject headings. Click on a Subjects link to find other books on the topic. You can also Browse the Shelf for related titles. 

Try searching for a few of these subject headings in WorldCat@SU to get started:

petroleum industry and trade | petroleum as fuel | fossil fuels | environmentalism | environmental health | environmental exposure | oil spills - environmental aspects | climate and civilization | oil and gas extraction | pollution | public lands | automobile | petroleum workers | petroleum law and legislation


Clicking the SU Bike icon will take you to the Research Hub.

Organizing your Research