Clinical Key - Getting Started

Clinical Key has now been purchased for our UHNM users only. Clinical Key offers you:

  • Clinical Specialist Search Engine
  • SmartSearch to find answers quickly
  • Access to ebooks
  • Full-text ejournals
  • Evidence-based topics
  • Images & Videos

Watch this short youtube video for a quick overview

You will need an NHS Athens username / password to log in to Clinical Key. If you don’t already have an Athens username register online by completing this online form. For more help using Athens see our web page.

If you link to Clinical Key from the link on the Health Library Healthcare Resources page then you will go straight to the Athens login page. Otherwise from the Clinical Key login page, make sure that you click the OpenAthens login link and enter your Athens username / password when prompted.
Screen-shot of the Clinical Key login screen, remember to use the OpenAthens link.
To use many of the really useful features such as downloading ebooks, saving searches and using the presentation maker you will need to Activate your account. This links your Athens account to an Elsevier account. You won’t need to log in twice. This account will keep track of your saved items (such as saved searches, reading lists etc) within Clinical Key.
After you have logged in, if your name is displayed in the top left, then you have already activated your account – note that you may have already done this if you have used Elsevier ScienceDirect ejournals. Otherwise click on the Activate link.
Screen-shot of the Activate link - this will activate your Clinical Key account

Start Searching
Now you are ready to start searching.

Over the next few months I will be blogging about more of the features of Clinical Key. You can sign-up to receive updates from the Information Skills for Health blog in your email inbox.

You can find more help:
Our short video will give you a quick overview of how to get started.

Be aware your network may not allow videos to play.

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