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 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.

MREST2.0 for Academic Year 2020-2021

Returning Students

Students returning to campus who did not meet their MREST requirement in Spring 2020, Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 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:

Option 1: Make an appointment to take the MREST in the Assessment Testing Center located in the basement of Harper Allen-Lee Hall. Email to schedule your appointment. You will need to show your JACard to verify your identity.

Option 2: If you are a returning student who has been identified as still needing to meet the requirement, you will receive an invitation to a Canvas course _ MREST2.0_Make-up_2020. Accept the course invitation and complete the tutorial in the Modules area of the course. After completing the modules, you will receive a link to a new version of the MREST 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.

New First Year Students

First year students will be assigned the tutorial in your SCOM100 level course. Once you complete the tutorial 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. If you do not meet the requirement in your SCOM100 level course, you will be added to the MREST2.0 course in order to meet the requirement.


Objectives for each section correlate to General Education Stated Information Literacy Outcomes.

Introduction to JMU Libraries

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.