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.
Information FormatsIn this unit, the student will recognize that information is available in a variety of 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.
Needing And Finding InformationIn this unit, the student will determine when information is needed and find it efficiently using a variety of sources.
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.
Learn seach strategies, tips, and tricks in this 8 minute and 29 second tutorial created by Kathy Clarke and Michael Mungin.
Evaluating InformationIn this unit, the student will evaluate the quality of 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.
Using InformationIn this unit, the student will use information effectively for a purpose.
This 2 minute and 53 second tutorial was created by Kathy Clarke and sets the expectation for incorporating research into your work.
Information TechnologiesIn this unit, the student will employ appropriate technologies to create an information-based product.
This 4 minute and 7 second tutorial created by Kathy Clarke reminds us to match the appropriate technology to the appropriate assignment.
This 5 minute tutorial created by Jonathan Paulo discusses the real-life decision making process used when working with imagery and media.
Information EthicsIn this unit, the student will use information ethically and legally.
This 4 minute tutorial, created by Carolyn Schubert, defines plagiarism and shares examples.