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 students must take the test during their first academic year. The videos below are also useful for anyone who wishes to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of information literacy. Visit the Madison Research Essentials Skills Test (MREST) page of JMU’s General Education website to learn more about the information literacy requirements and taking the test.
Objectives for each section correlate to General Education Stated Information Literacy Outcomes.
Introduction to JMU Libraries
- What You Need to Know About the Libraries, Fall 2020 (Video – 1:22)
- Quick Overview of Services and Resources (Video – 1:51)
- Buildings and Spaces (Video – 3:38)
Scholarship is a Conversation
Objective: Recognize the components of scholarly work and that scholarship can take many forms.
Searching as Strategic Exploration
Objective: Demonstrate persistence and employ multiple strategies in research and discovery.
Research as Inquiry
Objective: Identify gaps in their own knowledge and formulate appropriate questions for investigation in academic settings.
Authority is Constructed and Contextual
Objective: Evaluate the quality of information and acknowledge expertise.
Information Creation is a Process
Objective: Use information effectively in their own work and make contextually appropriate choices for sharing their scholarship.
Information Has Value
Objective: Use information legally and ethically.
- Intro to Ethics (Video – 3:12)
- Copyright and Fair Use (Video – 4:44)
- Plagiarism (Video – 3:08)
- Personal Information (Video – 4:49)