Madison Research Essentials Toolkit


  • About the Madison Research Essentials Toolkit

    The MRE Toolkit was designed to equip students to:

    Use and understand the JMU Libraries. A brief introduction to their services can be found in the following video: Discovering the JMU Libraries (Part One)

    As well as complete the following learning objectives

    1. Recognize that information is available in a variety of formats

    2. Determine when information is needed and find it

    3. Evaluate the quality of information

    4. Use information effectively
    5. Employ appropriate technologies to complete assignments
    6. Use information ethically and legally

    For a quick overview of the MRE Toolkit and these learning objectives watch the following video: Discovering the JMU Libraries (Part Two)

    Directions for students enrolled in GCOM 121, 122, or 123:

    1. Watch the GCOM-Required tutorials located in each unit. The units should be watched in order: Discovering the JMU Libraries, Information Formats, Needing and Finding Information, Evaluating Information, Using Information, Information Technologies, and Information Ethics. If you need to review a section, you can click the rewind button. If you are a visual learner or you find yourself without access to sound, consider turning on the Closed Captions so you can read along with the presentation.

    2. Take the Canvas assessment located in your GCOM class. The name of the assessment will match the name of the unit being assessed.

    Questions? Click here for information regarding the information literacy requirements in Cluster One of General Education.

  • Toolbox Link to Information Formats Link to Evaluating InformationLink to Information Technologies Link to Needing And Finding Information Link to Information Ethics Link to Using Information
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    Information Formats

    In this unit, the student will recognize that information is available in a variety of formats.
     

    Information Formats

    In this 3 minute and 40 second tutorial, find out why the form information takes is so important. This tutorial was created by Kathy Clarke.

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    Needing And Finding Information

    In this unit, the student will determine when information is needed and find it efficiently using a variety of sources.
     

    Needing Information

    This 3 minute and 9 second tutorial is about knowing when you don't know something. This tutorial was created by Kathy Clarke and Michael Mungin.

    Finding Information

    Learn seach strategies, tips, and tricks in this 8 minute and 29 second tutorial created by Kathy Clarke and Michael Mungin.

     

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    Evaluating Information

    In this unit, the student will evaluate the quality of information.
     

    Evaluating Information

    Evaluate sources by reviewing the author(s), the accuracy of information, and the relevancy of the information in this 5 minute and 14 second tutorial created by Jonathan Paulo.

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    Using Information

    In this unit, the student will use information effectively for a purpose.
     

    Using Information

    This 2 minute and 53 second tutorial was created by Kathy Clarke and sets the expectation for incorporating research into your work.

     

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    Information Technologies

    In this unit, the student will employ appropriate technologies to create an information-based product.
     

    Information Technologies

    This 4 minute and 7 second tutorial created by Kathy Clarke reminds us to match the appropriate technology to the appropriate assignment.

    Success in Online Learning
    This 3 minute and 6 second video focuses on learning strategies, essential technologies, and how to get technical support. Andrea Adams, Alina Clark, Juhong Christie Liu and Taylor Miller created this tutorial.

    Visual Literacy

    This 5 minute tutorial created by Jonathan Paulo discusses the real-life decision making process used when working with imagery and media.

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    Information Ethics

    In this unit, the student will use information ethically and legally.
     

    Understanding Plagiarism

    This 4 minute tutorial, created by Carolyn Schubert, defines plagiarism and shares examples.