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, search in OneSearch, or use the Journals A-Z list on the Library homepage. 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, I would go to the Library homepage, click on the Journals A-Z tab, and type Organization Science (the title of the journal) into the search box. This is what my results would look like:
Organization Science See: Organization science (Providence, R.I.) (1047-7039)
|from 02/01/1990 to 5 years ago in Business Source Premier and Education Research Complete
|from 01/01/1999 to 5 years ago in Educator's Reference Complete and Expanded Academic ASAP
|from 01/01/1999 to 11/30/2009 in ProQuest Psychology Journals
|from 01/01/2015 to present in SMSU Print Periodicals