You used an electronic index, a guideline index, and a web search engine to retrieve information relevant to your clinical problem. Compare and contrast your results. Which resources were useful/ not useful for your information retrieval task, and why?
The clinical problem that I decided to research was maternal use of SSRI’s and the effect on the neonate. To begin, I did a google search which yielded no results. I reworded my search to maternal use of antidepressants, this time I got only a handful of useful results but mostly it just brought up ads for different kinds of antidepressants.
Next I searched the national guideline clearing house. I found this method of retrieval difficult to use and never could find any results specifically aimed at my clinical problem. I was able to find information on the use of antidepressants but nothing in regards to their effect on the neonate when taken during pregnancy.
Lastly, I conducted a search on Endnote x4. Using the World of Science and the Pubmed search data bases, I found over 200 publications that were relevant to my clinical problem. Needless to say, I found Endnote to be the most helpful way for me to search and obtain relevant information. In Endnote, I am also able to organize my information by author or date. It also allows me to make a file specifically for this particular search.
I can see that each of these retrieval methods have their own strengths but for up to date professional research, I found Endnote to be the most helpful.