ClinicalKey is mobile

Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 58, No. 8, October 2016, page(s) 466 College Library
Karen MacDonell, PhD, MLIS

The ClinicalKey mobile app for iOS and Android and the web-based version are available to all College registrants with Library access. ClinicalKey provides access to Elsevier’s extensive collection of medical journals, books, videos, patient education materials, and drug monographs. It is coupled with a Medline search engine and guideline database, making it a powerful research tool. The College Library’s ClinicalKey subscription focuses on full-text content in family medicine, psychiatry, internal medicine, orthopedics, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and emergency medicine. 

The ClinicalKey app contains essentially the same content as the web version while offering the convenience of functioning without an Internet connection. Users can browse material or search using the simple, intuitive search box. The breadth of results can be filtered quickly by limiting to formats such as books, articles, or clinical trials, procedural videos, or by specialty. The app also remembers search activity to facilitate retrieval of previous lists of search results, and content can be placed in a saved-content folder to create a personal archive.

The app is not technically perfect yet; our testing identified some display and search features that do not work consistently. We are in communication with Elsevier’s technical services team to improve this resource. For assistance with the ClinicalKey mobile app, please contact the Library at either medlib@cpsbc.ca or 604 733-6671.
—Karen MacDonell, PhD, MLIS
Director, Library Services

This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.

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