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ClinicalKey (Australian Edition): Resource information

ClinicalKey (Australian Edition) is a medical search engine and database tool offering access to the Elsevier medical library. The service includes online books, journals, videos, drug information and procedures.

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On this page

  • Overview
  • Searching ClinicalKey
  • Saved searches
  • Add images to a presentation
  • Create a user profile
  • Downloading book chapter PDFs
  • CME/CPD notes

Related guides

ClinicalKey App


  • 130+ e-books- medical and surgical books, including Miller's Anesthesia andClinical Examination
  • 40+ journals - including BJA Education, The Lancet andAnaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
  • 33,000+ medical and surgical videos - a continuously updated library of searchable video content
  • 1,400+ topic pages - quick clinical answers and summaries from Conn’s Current Therapy, Goldman’s Cecil Medicine, and many more
  • 200+ procedure videos- step-by-step procedural videos and articles to teach techniques or simply help clinicians refresh their skills
  • Multimedia, includes:
    • 2,000,000+ images - a continuously updated library of searchable images
    • 27,000+ supplementary videos - in text videos accompany e-books
  • 100+ clinical overviews-succinct information sheets providingquick answers at the point of care
  • 1,100+ AMH Drug Monographs - all Australian Medicines Handbook drug monographs
  • 4,500+ Guidelines - full-text practice guidelines from journals, links to full-text guidelines from professional and government agencies (including Australian and New Zealand), and summaries from the National Guideline Clearinghouse
  • 15,000+ Patient Education handouts - educational handouts that can incorporate institutional branding and special instructions, as well as the patient's preferred language and text size
  • Clinical calculators - includes drugs and unit conversion calculators

User profiles can be used to download book chapter PDFs, access in-text videos, save searches, create alerts and enable mobile access for the ClinicalKey app.

  1. Log into ClinicalKey Australia using the proxied ANZCA link (users will be required to authenticate using their ANZCA ID and password)
  2. Select the Register link from the top-right of screen
  3. Complete the registration form:
    • First name
    • Family name (surname)
    • Email
  4. Click the Register > button when complete

It is possible to download most book chapters within ClinicalKey to read offline.

In order to download PDFs, you will need to create a separate ClinicalKey user profile [personal account] (see separate box). Once created, just log into using the link in the top-right of screen.

Note: This does not apply to journal article PDFs.

ClinicalKey is a clinical search engine that employs a single search box that utilises keyword searching. Post-search, results may be narrowed/filtered as follows:

  • Filter it - ClinicalKey can narrow results by source type, specialty and date. Results update automatically. Note: Additional filter types are available when using the ClinicalKey app.
  • Save it - If you find something interesting in your results but need to come back to it, save it for later. Customised, searchable tags keep your content organised.

Learn more about Searching and Browsing on ClinicalKey

Learn how to save articles, add tags and share content in ClinicalKey.

Please Note: These features require that the user have a personal account in ClinicalKey so you can access your user profile (see the Create a user profile section above for further details).

  1. Log into ClinicalKey Australia using the proxied ANZCA link (users will be required to authenticate using their ANZCA ID and password)
  2. Enter your search terms and hit <Enter>
  3. Select the search lines you wish to save (by clicking in the check box)
  4. Click on the button at the top of the list to open the Save pop-up
  5. Click on the + Create new tag link in the pop-up to add tags to your saved items and click Add when complete
    • Note: It is possible to add multiple tags
  6. Click Done when complete

To access your Saved Content:

  • Click on your profile name and select ☆ Saved Content

ClinicalKey's Presentation Maker allows you to add content as soon as you find it – without interrupting your search.

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.

CME/CPD notes

ClinicalKey supports Internet Point of Care learning (IPoC), which is a certified Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity that allows physicians the opportunity to identify and research a topic relevant to their clinical practice. CME credit/time is available for the following content types: books, Clinical Overviews, and published journal articles.

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