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ClinicalKey: Information

Learn about features of ClinicalKey and how to apply for ClinicalKey self-managed remote access.

ClinicalKey is a clinical search engine from Elsevier featuring books, medical journals, images, videos, First Consult content and much more.

Download the App

ClinicalKey App features include intuitive search (including keyword search with filtering, auto suggest and search history); ability to bookmark and save items; earn and track CME credits; and access to books, journals, guidelines, multimedia and more. See ClinicalKey Mobile page for more information. Register for a ClinicalKey account and apply for Self-Managed Remote Access prior to downloading the app. Self-Managed Remote Access is required to view all subscribed content when off campus. See FAQs page in this guide for instructions. Use your ClinicalKey account to view subscribed content after downloading the app.




Clinical Key: How it Works

ClinicalKey is available from the MCW Libraries All Databases page.

For questions about ClinicalKey, contact MCW Libraries Reference.

Apply for ClinicalKey Access Anywhere

Self-Managed Remote Access is enabled for our ClinicalKey subscription for the web version and ClinicalKey App. A ClinicalKey account is required to use this feature. Users who apply for remote access will be able to access ClinicalKey off campus without having to log into the proxy server. ClinicalKey App users must apply for Self-Managed Remote Access to view all subscribed content when off campus. See FAQs page for important instructions.

Use this ClinicalKey link to log into your ClinicalKey account only when using Self-Managed Remote Access off campus. Do not register for an account using this link.


A ClinicalKey account is required to access book PDFs, Presentation Maker, other personalized features, and use the ClinicalKey App. See FAQs page for instructions.

Filter search results: Filter results by source type, study type, specialty, and date.

View search history: View your search history to review or retry recent searches, including any filters you may have applied.

Presentation Maker: Export images to PowerPoint presentations. Presentation Maker will automatically insert citation information for each exported image. The MCW Libraries subscription permits affiliated users to print or download content from the site for your own personal, non-commercial, informational or scholarly use, provided that you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices. See the Elsevier website terms and conditions and ClinicalKey Book PDF Policy for more information.

Please see our brief video tutorial for instructions:
How to Download Images from ClinicalKey for Educational Purposes

See also our Biomedical Images guide.

Saved Content: Save content for access later or share it with other ClinicalKey subscribers. Add tags to organize the content.

CME Credit: ClinicalKey offers physicians the ability to submit the CME credit they earn on ClinicalKey for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Successful completion of CME activities enables participants to earn up to 0.5 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the ABIM MOC program.

ClinicalKey Content

  • 1,400+ Topic Pages
  • 1,100+ Elsevier medical books
  • 650+ Elsevier medical journals
  • 50+ Clinics - full text medical and surgical review articles
  • 2.2 million+ medical images for use in presentations and handouts
  • 300+ Procedures Consult articles and associated videos
  • 17,000+ Elsevier medical videos
  • 850+ First Consult point-of-care clinical monographs
  • 3,100+ drug monographs from Gold Standard
  • 9,000+ customizable patient education handouts in both English and Spanish, where available
  • 4,500+ Practice Guidelines
  • Fully indexed, searchable clinical trials retrieved daily from the database

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