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Point-of-Care Databases: ClinicalKey

Accessing ClinicalKey

ClinicalKey can be accessed through the library’s Medicine and Health Sciences Databases page

On-site access is also available directly from the ClinicalKey Homepage

Off site access is available via Off Campus Connect (EZ Proxy)

Creating a personal account

Some ClinicalKey features require you to sign up for a personal account.

To create a personal account simply click on the create account link in the top right hand area of any screen and follow the directions.

Utilizing ClinicalKey

Searching ClinicalKey

ClinicalKey’s search box can be utilized from the home page. Search results can be narrowed down from the box on the left side of the screen allowing the user to choose a specific resource type such as books or guidelines to search within.

Alternatively use the links across the top of the page to access specific sections of ClinicalKey such as books, journals, patient education, or drugs.

Searching Tips

  • Clinical Key supports the boolean operators:  AND, OR, NOT. 
  • To search for a Phrase use double quotes( “”) e.g. “immunization therapy”
  • Use an asterix (*) for truncation of terms e.g. diag* for diagnose, diagnosis, diagnostics
  • Synonyms of words and phrases, and alternate endings of words, such as -s, -ies, -ing, as well as acronyms such as DVT (Deep venous thrombosis) are  searched
  • Alternate brand and generic names (North American versions) of drugs are also automatically searched

CME Credits

You can obtain. 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per search conducted through ClinicalKey.

First conduct a search and choose an item most appropriate to your topic. Credits can be accessed by clicking on the ‘request CME’ button above your chosen resource.

ClinicalKey/First Consult Mobile

Provides access to Clinical Key books, journals, Clinics and guidelines through mobile applicatons.

Addititonal ClinicalKey features

Images:  over 50,000 medical images

Drugs:  information on indications, contraindications, adverse reactions, FDA approvals and safety notices  

Guidelines: from articles published in the journals on Clinical Key, and from professional and government agencies available via the Web

Patient Leaflets: more than 1300 topics in English and Spanish