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ClinicalKey: Guides, Tutorials, and Tips

Full text journals & reference books; Medline citations; First Consult point-of-care clinical monographs; Procedures Consult surgical videos; Clinical Pharmacology drug monographs

Learn How to Search ClinicalKey

ClinicalKey often allows you to use "natural language" when you search thanks to Elsevier’s Smart Content technology (EMMet). For example, ClinicalKey to recognizes not only that an article is about myocardial infarction, but also that myocardial infarction:

  • Has a synonym, “heart attack”
  • Has a relevant acronym, “MI”
  • Is a type of cardiovascular disease associate with high cholesterol
  • Can be treated by certain drugs or surgical procedures

Filter Options: Subscribed Content?

You will see a toggle switch at the bottom of the filter options, but please DO NOT select this option.  This option will limit your search results to only the full text journal articles embedded within ClinicalKey. But the library subscribes to ejournals outside of this database so you are negatively limiting your search results if you choose this option. We have contacted Elsevier and asked the publisher to remove this option but they are unable to do change the interface at this time.

What are Topic Pages?

Topic Pages offer concise information about disease epidemiology, risk factors, clinical manifestations, treatments and more, as well as links to specialty-specific answers and related drugs.

How to Filter Your Search Results

When you need to refine your search results further, ClinicalKey’s filters can instantly sort your content by specialty, source type, study type and date.

Presentation Maker: How to Quickly Create a Powerpoint Presentation

"When you find images in ClinicalKey that you’d like to use in a presentation, you can save them for later use without leaving the results page. Images can be dragged and dropped from the search results list into Presentation Maker, or saved using the “Add to Presentation” button. You can also view, move and delete content within the Presentation Maker panel. The Presentation Maker will automatically insert citation information for you." Authorized DMU users of ClinicalKey have permission to use content from the site in presentations for noncommercial use. You do not need to incorporate the CK template into your Power Point presentation, but please remember to insert the proper citation information for the image within your course materials.

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