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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. Check out the Topic Page and Mind Map for Petroleum.

Where to find articles

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

Searching all library resources

Go to the library at www.southwestern.edu/library-and-it/ 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 a couple of these subjects 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