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Elsevier ClinicalKey

15 Jan 2016

Library Services staff

The Library is pleased to announce its new subscription to Elsevier’s ClinicalKey resource. Available to members of the College of all levels, ClinicalKey significantly increases the Library’s electronic offer, providing access to over 600 full-text e-journals. The subscription also means that, for the first time, the Library can offer Members access to over 1,000 e-textbooks and reference manuals, and to large image and multimedia collections. With new material added and indexed daily, ClinicalKey’s content is current and up-to-date.

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Designed as a “clinical insight engine” to help answer clinical questions, ClinicalKey offers an initial intuitive, “Google-like” search, with further options to refine results using facets such as date, source or study type. The increased number of resources now on offer enables greatly enhanced cross-specialty searching as well as deeper research.

ClinicalKey is now the place to go for articles from current Elsevier journals. Along with core surgical and dental journals, we can now offer more titles from associated medical specialties such as cardiology, pain medicine, radiology and emergency medicine, increasing the ability of members to access relevant content. As ClinicalKey’s full-text provision starts at 2007 (where available), the Library has retained access to its previously subscribed titles on ScienceDirect (another Elsevier product) so that users can continue to access journal content back to 1995 (or earlier in some cases). Please note that ScienceDirect provision runs to the end of 2015; 2016 articles are only available on ClinicalKey.

ClinicalKey provides over 2 million images and videos, including the Procedures Consult collection, all of which members are able to use for non-commercial teaching or presentations without needing further permission. Users can exploit ClinicalKey’s advanced features, which include downloading articles and book chapters in PDF format, saving search results or content to return to later, and assigning tags to saved content to sort it according to personalised categories. These require you complete a brief, one-off personalisation form on the site.

Fellows, Members, postgraduate Affiliates and Associates can access ClinicalKey using their College Login details; FGDP Members and Associates can use their Athens accounts. More information can be found here and illustrated help is available here.

We see this is a valuable new resource, and the feedback from last year’s trial period was very positive. We welcome further comments as you start to use it: please contact us at to let us know what you think.

Library Services staff

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