Petroleum Abstracts Products
Yearly subscriptions are available for the weekly Petroleum Abstracts Bulletin, the online TULSA database, and the web-based search aids product, Bricks.
Petroleum Abstracts contains abstracts of the woldwide technical literature pertaining to petroleum exploration and production. Journals, patent gazettes, full-text patents, proceedings, standards, books, dissertations, and government reports are reviewed. An experienced staff of petroleum engineers and geoscientists selects, indexes, and abstracts information contained in each item.
Bulletin subscribers receive material by e-mail 50 weeks per year, in their choice of formats. Subscribers may elect to receive either the entire Bulletin, or to receive various record subsets based on user interest profiles. An annual subscription allows distribution of Bulletin material to all subscriber employees and locations.
The Bulletin is the flagship of the Petroleum Abstracts product line. It has been published continuously since 1961 and has remained the preeminent technical awareness tool for professionals in the upstream petroleum industry. Each issue carries abstracts organized into the following categories:
As each issue of the Bulletin is produced, the same material (with an expanded set of index terms) is added to an online file, the TULSA database. This database, growing at a rate of about 35,000 entries per year, contains more than 900,000 Petroleum Abstracts entries dating from 1965. It also includes the Oil and Gas Fields Bibiliography, a subfile of earlier references for oil and gas fields around the world. Access to the full TULSA database with abstracts requires the purchase of an annual search license.
TULSA can be accessed through several online vendor services.
The Petroleum Abstracts Dictionary is the taxonomy tool that supports the indexing and subsequent retrieval of the articles and patents processed by Petroleum Abstracts. Under development for over 40 years, the Dictionary is a world standard for oilfield technical terminology.
The Dictionary actually consists of the following components:
Previously, these components (Search Aids) were distributed in paper form at various times and with various frequencies of update. Extensively used by the indexers at Petroleum Abstracts and by customers who search the TULSA database, these components are currently combined in one web-based product, Petroleum Abstracts' Online Search Aids package, WorldWide Bricks.
When new terms are selected for inclusion into the dictionary, Bricks is immediately updated, assuring that it is always up-to-date. Individual as well as enterprise-wide annual subscriptions are available to Petroleum Abstracts or TULSA subscribers.