Do you know about Very Short Introductions Online from Oxford University Press? These are succinct overviews of subjects written by experts in their fields, 637 of them, ranging from Abolitionism: A Very Short Introduction, to Zionism: A Very Short Introduction. Entries in the V's including Vikings, Viruses and Voltaire. They serve as a useful bridge between a brief reference entry on a subject and higher academic works. Use them to decide if you want to pursue a research topic, and if so, in which direction.
Click the link above (NetID/password login required), or find them in our list of Databases under the letter V: https://library.hunter.cuny.edu/databases/titles/v