ClinicalKey Information


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


  • 1,400+ Topic Pages
  • 1,000+ Elsevier medical books
  • 600+ 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
  • 2,900+ drug monographs from Gold Standard
  • 15,000+ 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


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.

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

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

CME Credit: Physicians may earn 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit for each search conducted through ClinicalKey. CME credit is provided by the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education. 

ClinicalKey Account:

A personal account is required to access book PDFs, Presentation Maker, and other personalized features. The First Consult App for use with Apple devices accepts ClinicalKey account login credentials.

1) Login: If you already registered for an account on one of the Library’s other Elsevier subscriptions such as ScienceDirect or Scopus use those login credentials (username and password) for signing into ClinicalKey.
2) Register: You must create your personal account on a computer connected to the College network either on campus or off campus while logged into the proxy server. Go to ClinicalKey and click on the Register link on the upper right side of the page.

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 Elsevier Launches ClinicalKey Mobile App and ClinicalKey Mobile App is here! announcements for more information. Use your ClinicalKey account to download the app.



ClinicalKey Help:

Clinical Key: How it Works

ClinicalKey is available from the MCW Libraries All Databases page.

For questions about ClinicalKey, contact MCW Libraries Reference at (414) 955-8302 or