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.

MREST2.0 for Academic Year 2020-2021

Returning Students:
Students returning to campus who did not meet their MREST requirement in Spring 2020 will still need to meet the requirement. First, double-check your MyMadison account to verify that you still need to meet the requirement. You may meet the requirement in one of two ways:

  • Take the MREST in the Assessment Testing Center located in the basement of Valley (formerly Ashby) Hall. You must make an appointment to meet complete the test. Appointments can be scheduled via this email address: testingcenter@jmu.edu. You will need to show your JAC card to verify your identity.
  • Returning students that have been identified as still needing to meet the requirement will sent an invitation to a Canvas course _ MREST2.0_Make-up_2020. Accept the course invitation and complete the tutorial content located in the modules area of the course. After completing the modules you will be provided with a link to a new version of the MREST in use for 2020-2021. Please follow the instructions carefully in order to ensure that your information is recorded correctly. Upon completion of the MREST2.0 you will have met the information literacy requirement of Cluster One of General Education. Your MREST2.0 status will be updated automatically in your MyMadison account shortly completing the test.

In order to avoid a registration hold, regardless of method, please complete either the traditional MREST or MREST2.0 Make-Up prior to October 21, 2020.

New First Year Students:
First year students will be assigned the tutorial content in your SCOM100-level course. Once you complete the tutorial content and take the MREST2.0 test within your SCOM100 level Canvas course, you will have met the Information Literacy Requirement of Cluster One of General Education. First year students must meet the requirement prior to March 5, 2021 in order to avoid a registration hold.

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.