ABSTRACT.

Principal published sources of petroleum statistical data are government releases and reports, trade association releases, periodicals and publications of international bodies. This paper reviews petroleum industry publications by country of origin, and describes their statistical content, with emphasis on those of the United States and Canada. Reports of the United Nations, the World Power Conference, international unions, and Office of European Economic Cooperation are also briefly surveyed. To assist readers in obtaining publications, catalogs are listed. The paper concludes with some additional references and bibliographic tools for guides in using petroleum statistics. The Petroleum Section, Science and Technology Division, Special Libraries Association, plans 1959 publication of an "Index to Saurces of United States and Canadian Petroleum Statistics."

RESUME.

Des communiqués et des rapports officiels, des communiqués publiés par les associations commerciales, des périodiques et des publications d'organisations internationales constituent les sources principales des données de statistiques du pétrole. Le présent exposé passe en revue, d'après le pays d'origine, les publications relatives à l'industrie du pétrole, et principalement celles des Etats-Unis et du Canada: il décrit également leur contenu statistique. I1 revise brièvement certains rapports de I'OrEa+iation des Nations Unies, de la Conférence Mondiale de l'Energie, des syndicats internationaux et de l'organisation Européenne de Coopération Economique. L'auteur donne une liste de divers catalogues, permettant ainsi aux lecteurs de se procurer plug facilement les publications. Il termine l'exposé par l'énumération de quelques sources additionnelle9 de r6férence et par une bibliographie pouvant servir de guide dans l'usage des statistiques du pétrole. La Special Libraries Association, à New York, Section Pétrole-Division Sciences et Technologie-projette de publier en 1959 un "index Unis et au Canada." In troduction Wherever petroleum is produced and petroleum products are manufactured, statistics of the industry are important. In the complex postwar world, national leaders use statistical facts: government officials use them to form economic and social policies, business men to make sound management decisions, and university professors to teach social and economic subjects.

Governments, trade and technical associations, newspapers and periodicals publish statistics of the petroleum industry which in almost every country are des Sources de Statistiques du Pétrole aux Etatsas complete, accurate, dependable and timely as those available on any industry.

United States of America In the United States, the petroleum industry probably has the most complete set of operating statistic

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