I would like to know the conventional and/or colloquial way in Russian to express that one is reading up on a subject. In English, to read up on/about something means to inform oneself about a subject through much reading and research; typically this refers to establishing or refreshing one's basic understanding of a subject. It also applies to multiple contexts (professional, academic, casual).
I'm reading up on popular chess openings (here, familiarizing oneself with)
я ознакамливаюсь с шахматными дебютами
I'm reading up about trunk paralysis, a disease specific to elephants.
Я осведомляюсь о параличе хобота — болезнь поражающая исключительно слонов.
Do these sound normal to a native speaker? Here are some other rough translations I could come up with, from most formal to least formal in register:
я информирую себя о... я пытаюсь разузнать о... я захожу в тему чего-л. ?я начитиваюсь статей о?
Are there any other common expressions I am missing? How would a native speaker express that they are "reading up" on something?