The resources on this page will help you to get an overview of scholarly work on your topic.
Limit the Format to "Reference" to bring up results from academic encyclopedias.
Examples of subject specific academic encyclopedias include:
A literature review article will help you get an overview of the research that's been done on a theoretical question.
These are two sources that publish review articles exclusively. You may also find literature review articles mixed in with your search results in scholarly article databases like Sociological Abstracts.