As you find books, articles, eBooks, websites, etc. to support your research, take advantage of the research that was used to write those sources. Looking for a Bibliography, Works Cited, or References list is an efficient way to research. In books, you may find the resources listed at the end of the book, at the end of a chapter, or at the end of sections within a chapter.
If you are looking for a book:
Take the citation information provided for books, and look in the online catalog, MnPALS, to see if SMSU owns the book. If SMSU doesn't own it, can you find it in other MnPALS Libraries by using the "All Libraries" search? You may want to do a title search when you look for the book, or often a combination of major words in the title and the author's name in the All Fields search is effective. For example, if this is the citation I found:
Fullan, M. (2008). The six secrets of change: What the best leaders do to help their organizations survive and thrive. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
I would either change the search to Title and type six secrets change into the search box, or I could use the All Field search and type Fullan Six Secrets.
If you want to find a full-text article:
There are many options to search for full-text articles. For example, you could choose to search in a specific database, search multiple databases at once, or search in OneSearch by article title or journal title. Let's break down those options.
For example, this is the journal article I'm trying to find:
Cramton, C. D. (2001). The Mutual Knowledge Problem and Its Consequences for Dispersed Collaboration. Organization Science, 12(3), 346-371.
If I wanted to see if I have access to this article via SMSU and since I do have a unique article title, so I could have success using the OneSearch box on the library homepage. In that case, I'd type in The mutual knowledge problem and its consequences for dispersed collaboration and be able to find the title relatively quickly. However, if the title I'd been looking for was something more generic like Mutual Knowledge I may have to sift through more articles to find my specific citation in OneSearch.
An alternative would be to go to the Library homepage and do a search in OneSearch for Organization Science (the title of the journal). This is what my results would look like:
From there, I would choose the Available Online link to see that Business Source Premier (as well as several other databases) has full-text available beginning in 1990. Since my article was written in 2001, it should be available in full-text in that database.