Very Short Introductions from Oxford University Press (NYPL database)
This database is available at all New York Public Library locations and remotely with an NYPL library card. It consists of the full text of the entire catalog of Oxford University Press's Very Short Introductions series, some 530+ titles, which are browsable by title or subject. The books offer concise overviews of a wide range of academic subjects in the arts & humanities, law, medicine & health, science & mathematics, and social sciences. Many are also available in print at the NYPL.
Read an appreciation of these pithy and informative works in the Oct. 16, 2017 issue of The New Yorker: "How to Be a Know-It-All: What You Learn from the Very Short Introduction Series" by Kathryn Schulz.