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About the Madison Research Essentials Toolkit

 

The Madison Research Essentials Toolkit was designed to equip students to:

1. Use and understand the JMU Libraries

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

3. Determine when information is needed and find it

4. Evaluate the quality of information

5. Use information ethically and legally

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

1. Watch the GCOM-Required tutorials located in the left column of each unit. The units should be watched in order: Discovering the JMU Libraries, Information Formats, Finding Information, Evaluating Information, and Citing & Fair Use. If you need to review a slide, 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. Watch the complementary resources if assigned or if you need more information.

3. Take the Blackboard or 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 Discovering the Library Link to Finding Information Link to Information Formats Link to Evaluating Information Link to Citing & Fair Use
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Discovering The Library

In this unit, the student will use and understand the JMU Libraries.

Links to GCOM-Required Tutorials

Discovering the JMU Libraries (Part One)

This 4 minute and 13 second tutorial is a brief introduction to the JMU Libraries, focusing on the services provided by Carrier and Rose Libraries. This tutorial was created by Melody Mersiovsky.

Discovering the JMU Libraries (Part Two)

This 3 minute and 54 second tutorial was created by Melody Mersiovsky. This is a brief introduction on using the Background Information button on the library website, navigating Quick Search, and how to find a book in the library catalog.


Links to Complementary Resources

A Six Minute Tour of the Libraries' Website

Created by Melody Mersiovsky, this tutorial provides a 6 minute tour of the JMU Libraries' website.

How To Find A Book

A detailed tutorial on finding books in the JMU Library Catalog. This video is 4 minutes and 20 seconds, and was created by Brady Schwendeman.

Introduction to Quick Search

This 2 minute and 57 second tutorial is a brief overview and introduction of Quick Search. This tutorial was created by Jody Fagan.

JMU Libraries Promotional Video

A brief 2 minute and 1 second video outlining the benefits of using the JMU Libraries. This video was created by Jonathan Paulo.

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Information Formats

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

Links to GCOM-Required Tutorials

Information Formats (Part One)

This 5 minute tutorial introduces the various formats of popular and scholarly communication, looking specifically at reference sources, books, and scholarly journals. This tutorial was created by Melody Mersiovsky and Jenne Klotz.

Information Formats (Part Two)

This 4 minute and 46 second tutorial discusses the use of citations within scholarly formats of information: purpose of citations, common citation styles, and the use of Check Cite. This tutorial was created by Jenne Klotz and Melody Mersiovsky.

Key Vocabulary Review

This 1 minute and 5 second tutorial is a brief review of the vocabulary mentioned in the Information Formats tutorials. This review was created by Jenne Klotz and Melody Mersiovsky.

 

Links to Complementary Resources

Scholarly versus Popular Sources

This 3 minute and 23 second tutorial was created by Jonathan Paulo.

Identifying Different Sources

This 4 minute and 22 second tutorial on the publication cycle was created by Jonathan Paulo.

Using Source Types Within Quick Search

This 2 minute and 40 second video, created by Jody Fagan, will explain the source types used in Quick Search.

 

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Finding Information

In this unit, the student will determine when information is needed and find it.

Links to GCOM-Required Tutorials

Finding Information (Part One)

What is a research database? Why should I use the JMU Libraries' research databases over Google? These questions will be answered in this 4 minute and 31 second tutorial created by Kathy Clarke and Melody Mersiovsky.

Finding Information (Part Two)

This 2 minute and 57 second tutorial created by Melody Mersiovsky and Kathy Clarke discusses 4 tips to getting good results using the research databases: the connector AND, the connector OR, the connector NOT, and the asterisk.

Finding Information (Part Three)

This 2 minute and 52 second tutorial created by Melody Mersiovsky and Kathy Clarke discusses three more tips to getting good results using the research databases: changing the field being search, limiting the date of publication, and searching by the subject heading.

 

Links to Complementary Resources

Quick Search Tutorial: Basic Topic Searching

In this 4 minute and 10 second tutorial created by Jody Fagan, you will learn how research basic topics using Quick Search.

Quick Search Tutorial: Known Item Searching

This 3 minute and 15 second video will discuss how to use Quick Search to research a topic you already know you want to use. This tutorial was created by Jody Fagan.

Quick Search Tutorial: Advanced Topic Searching

This 3 minute and 20 second tutorial created by Jody Fagan will help you learn how to research advanced topics in Quick Search.

Quick Search Tutorial: Working with Results

This 1 minute and 43 second tutorial created by Jody Fagan explains how to make working with your Quick Search results faster and easier.

Quick Search Tutorial: Changing your Results

Learn how to narrow and broaden your results in Quick Search by watching this 1 minute and 13 second tutorial created by Melody Mersiovsky.

 

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Evaluating Information

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

Links to GCOM-Required Tutorials

Evaluating Information

This 5 minute tutorial created by Jonathan Paulo explains how authority, accuracy, and relevancy are used to evaluate the quality of information.

Visual Literacy

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

 

Links Complementary Resources

 

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Citing & Fair Use

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

Links to GCOM-Required Tutorials

Understanding Plagiarism

This 4 minute 6 second tutorial created by Carolyn Schubert defines plagiarism, reviews various examples of plagiarism in writing, and provides tips and resources to avoid plagiarism.

Intellectual Property: Defining your Rights in the 21st Century

This 6 minute tutorial created by Carolyn Schubert describes how the law protects your intellectual content and guides you on how to use other people's content.

Introduction to the Ethical & Legal Use of Information

This 4 minute tutorial created by Carolyn Schubert discusses the ins and outs of copyright.

 

Links to Complementary Resources

CheckCite

Style Manuals

MLA Citations--Books

This 2 minute 30 second tutorial was created by Carolyn Schubert.

MLA Citations--Articles & Websites

This 5 minute tutorial was created by Carolyn Schubert.

  
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