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These encyclopedias are super sources! They often have a list of references on the topic that will keep you from having to do so much searching.
Blackwell Reference Online
Contains the complete texts of almost 300 encyclopedies, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference works from Blackwell Publishing, including the Blackwell Companions.
The Encyclopedia of Social Work
Publication Date: 2008
Contains 400 subject entries and 200 brief biographies of key figures in the history of social work. Online version of the Oxford University Press title (2008).
Encyclopedia of Sociology
Publication Date: 2000
Online version of the five volume, 2nd edition (2000) of Macmillan's standard encyclopedia. It provides a scholarly introduction to the field.
The Encyclopedia of Sociology is in the Ready Reference Section, or use the linked title to access the full text online.
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