Madison Research Essentials Toolkit

The Madison Research Essentials Toolkit (MRE Toolkit) is a suite of videos designed to prepare students for JMU’s graduation requirement, the Madison Research Essentials Skills Test (MREST). Because information literacy is a critical mission of the university, all first year students must take the test during their first academic year. The below videos are also useful for anyone who wishes to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals for information literacy.  For information regarding the information literacy requirements and taking the test, visit the Cluster One of General Education site.

Introduction to JMU Libraries

Scholarship is a Conversation

General Education Stated Information Literacy Outcome: Recognize the components of scholarly work and that scholarship can take many forms.

Searching as Strategic Exploration

General Education Stated Information Literacy Outcome: Demonstrate persistence and employ multiple strategies in research and discovery.

Research as Inquiry

General Education Stated Information Literacy Outcome: Identify gaps in their own knowledge and formulate appropriate questions for investigation in academic settings.

Authority is Constructed and Contextual

General Education Stated Information Literacy Outcome: Evaluate the quality of information and acknowledge expertise.

Information Creation is a Process

General Education Stated Information Literacy Outcome: Use information effectively in their own work and make contextually appropriate choices for sharing their scholarship.

Information Has Value

General Education Stated Information Literacy Outcome: Use information legally and ethically.