Books, Encyclopedias, Handbooks, etc. are great resources for getting a scope of your research, developing your terminology to aid your database (article searches), and/or get either an overview or an in-depth analysis on a particular topic (which is not always available in an article). Sometimes you don't need to read the whole book, but a chapter or two will do.
Available now from the SU Library:
For a complete list of E-Book Collections by Publisher, see http://library.syr.edu/databases/index.php?type=6
Each of these collections allows for full-text searching of the complete content of all titles simultaneously: