A computerized bibliographic data base has been developed by Western Research Institute (WRI) for storage and retrieval of literature references pertinent to trace elements in oil shale and its products. This data base is a Compendium of Oil Shale Trace Metals literature (COSTM). It provides assistance for researchers in obtaining oil shale trace element literature references in their specific area of interest. Over 500 references were obtained and evaluated. Three hundred and seventy-five of these references were suitable for entry in the data base. Retrieval can be made by several specific data parameters.