Introducing Clinical Key

The Werner Medical Library now has a subscription to the ClinicalKey online database. ClinicalKey includes the full text of over 1,000 books and over 500 journals, thousands of videos, millions of images, and point-of-care information from the First Consult database. The database features a search engine that supports the clinical decision requirements of physicians, medical librarians, nurses, CMO/CMIOs, and healthcare professionals.

ClinicalKey is a major online database; many health care professionals consider it to be as important for clinical information support as the UpToDate database.

To access the ClinicalKey, go to the Werner Medical Library website, then, click on ClinicalKey , which is located on the left side of the page, in the Resources A-Z list. The first time you access ClinicalKey, it is highly recommended that you create a personal account. In the upper left, click register and fill in the required information. Once you have registered, you are then enabled to:

  • Generate PDFs of book chapters
  • Earn CME credits
  • Save content in a personalized list
  • Save searches
  • Use Presentation Maker (for exporting images to PowerPoint, for example)

Please make a note of your User ID and Password. The next time you use ClinicalKey, click login, and then enter your User ID and Password.

It is preferable to use Firefox instead of Internet Explorer (IE) to access ClinicalKey. There have been some reports that IE does not always work well with ClinicalKey. Also, Firefox, saves your login information so that you don’t have to enter it each time—just two clicks and you are in.

Some of the highlights of searching ClinicalKey are:
ClinicalKey’s 1,400+ Topic Pages allow you to view quick answers related to risk factors, clinical manifestations, treatments and more. Click on the pages’ built-in tabs to move between sources like Conn’s Current Therapy, Goldman’s Cecil Medicine, Ferri’s Clinical Advisor and First Consult. Every Topic Page includes an interactive outline. Click on the name of the section you want to explore to jump straight to current and trusted information. If you’re ready to explore your disease topic further, click on the show all results link. You’ll find a list of clinically relevant results from books, journals, clinical trials and more.

For more detailed information about the ClinicalKey online database, see, or

Please contact the Werner Medical Library for additional information, or for assistance in using ClinicalKey.

Ed Lewek, Senior Librarian
Werner Medical Library