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This guide describes resources useful for researching Oil & Gas Law, Energy and Natural Resources Law, with particular focus on resources available in print or online at the Donald E. Pray Law Library.
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Research Guides and Reference Books

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Oil and Gas Law: A Legal Research Guide - Lauren E. Schroeder
Call Number: KF 1849 .S37 2012
Publication Date: 2012

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Manual of Oil and Gas Terms - Howard R. Williams
Call Number: KF 1847.5 .W55 2012
ISBN: 9780769860008
Publication Date: 2012
This is the 15th edition, a hefty paperback of over 1000 pages, kept in the Reference Collection. Earlier editions are located in the stacks.
Also available on LexisNexis (Williams & Meyers, Manual of Oil and Gas Terms).


Oil and Gas Taxation

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Hemingway Oil and Gas Law and Taxation - Richard W. Hemingway
Call Number: KF 1849 .H44 2004
ISBN: 0314147055
Publication Date: 2004 4th ed.
Updated by pocket parts, this volume is kept in the Reserve Room.
Also available on Westlaw (OILGASLAW)


Where to begin?

     A good place to begin when researching an unfamiliar area of law is with secondary sources, such as books, journal articles,  treatises, etc. written by experts in the particular field of law.  In additional to introducing the researcher to the terminology and legal concepts of a specific area of law, secondary sources save the researcher time by pointing out and discussing the important cases, statutes and regulations that shape and govern that area of law.

     A search in the O.U. Law Library catalog for "oil and gas"  items will yield over 400 titles, as will a search for "energy" items.  This guide intends to help the researcher by categorizing types of resources, and by narrowing the field to selected sources.  This particular (home) page focuses on selected books and treatises considered most helpful for researching Energy and Natural Resources Law.

Call Number ranges:    KF1806 - 1870  and KF2077-KF2140.


Books in the Law Library collection: Oil and Gas

Selected Books and Treatises:  Oil and Gas

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The Law of Oil and Gas - Richard W. Hemingway
Call Number: KF 1849 .H44 1991
ISBN: 0314865853
Publication Date: 1991
This is the 3rd edition of the venerable treatise by Mr. Hemingway. It is part of the Hornbook series, and comprehensively discusses oil and gas law.
The law library also has the first edition (1971) and the 1983 second edition/student edition.

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Regulation of the Gas Industry - American Gas Association, ed.
Call Number: KF 1870 .R53
Publication Date: 1981- current
This is a comprehensive 5 volume loose-leaf treatise on the gas industry, with contributions from many experts in the field.
Also available on LexisNexis.

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Oil and Gas Law in a Nut Shell - John S. Lowe
Call Number: KF 1850 .L68 2009
ISBN: 9780314184979
Publication Date: 2009
One of the Nut Shell series of study aids, this 5th edition (2009) is our most recent edition, and so is kept in the Reserve Room. The Law Library has earlier editions in the stacks. Nut Shell titles are popular with students because of their condensed and easy-to-read structure, and their paperback format.

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Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law, 6th ed. - John S. Lowe
Call Number: KF 1848 .O53 2013
ISBN: 9780314285164
Publication Date: 2013
This casebook is in the American Casebook Series, and is co-authored by Prof. Owen Anderson of the O.U. College of Law. Previous editions are available in the library stacks.

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The Law of Oil and Gas: with Forms - Walter Lee Summers
Call Number: KF 1849 .S88
Publication Date: 2004 - updated with pocket parts
This is the 3rd edition of Summers' Oil and Gas, a very highly esteemed 6-volume treatise covering every aspect of oil and gas law and leasing. Volumes 5 and 6 contain forms. The separate Appendix volume (2012-2013) contains federal oil and gas laws, and state oil and gas laws by category and by jurisdiction. A separate Tables volume (2012-2013) contains the Table of Contents, Table of Laws and Rules, Table of Cases, and the Index.
Also available on Westlaw (SUMMERSOIL)

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A Treatise on the Law of Oil and Gas: Including Forms, Statutes, Regulations - Eugene O. Kuntz
Call Number: KF 1849 .K9
Publication Date: 1962 - current
An excellent and comprehensive 7-volume treatise covering all aspects of oil and gas law, updated with revised volumes, supplements and pocket parts.

Also available on LexisNexis and Lexis Advance (Kuntz, Law of Oil and Gas)

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Williams & Meyers Oil and Gas Law - Patrick H. Martin
Call Number: KF 1849 .W542 2010
ISBN: 9781422480793
Publication Date: 2010
This is the abridged 4th edition of the treatise by Williams and Meyers, useful as a desk edition.

Also available on LexisNexis.

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Law of Federal Oil and Gas Leases - Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Call Number: KF 1865 .A6 R63
Publication Date: 1964 - current
This 2 volume loose-leaf treatise is continually updated.

Also available on LexisNexis.

Subject Guide

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Oklahoma-Specific Materials

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Oil and Gas Law for the General Practitioner - Oklahoma Bar Association
Call Number: KFO 1458 .A1 O3 2009
Publication Date: 2009
Designed for Oklahoma lawyers, this CLE item is located in the Oklahoma Collection in the Law Library, and is non-circulating.

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Energy Law Basics (in Oklahoma) - Timothy C. Dowd
Call Number: KFO 1458 .A75 E64 2011
Publication Date: 2011
Part of our Continuing Legal Education collection, this title in 2 softbound volumes covers energy law fundamentals, oil and gas leases and implied covenants, electricity law, wind power projects, and ethical considerations relating to energy law.


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