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Reference resources can be very useful for finding broad overviews on a topic.
I. The four bullets below list collections of searchable eReference titles:
II. The titles below are individual titles related to the social sciences:
Blackwell Companion to Social Work
Encyclopedia of Social Work
Encyclopedia of Sociology
International Handbook of Sociology
International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences
Philosophy of Education: An Encyclopedia
Social History of the United States