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Mobile Resources: ClinicalKey

About ClinicalKey

Elsevier (about) makes a clinical search engine called ClinicalKey (about) which contains journal articles, book chapters, multimedia, patient education handouts, and clinical guidelines. In addition to this literature, it includes Point-of-Care (POC) tools including Clinical Overviews/FirstConsult formerly called called First Consult (about)​  and something called Procedures Consult. It also produces a corresponding app called ClinicalKey Mobile (about).

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Additional Notes

  • You should not have to pay to download the app.
  • As long as you are you are logged into the ClinicalKey Mobile App with the account you set up (instructions are below), you can use it regardless of who is providing your internet connection.

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Our Subscription

Remember, you can always access the online browser version by clinking on this ClinicalKey (via the Medical Library) link. Below are instructions to download and set up the app version on your mobile devices.


If you already have a personal ClinicalKey account, download and open the app on your device and sign in.  If you do not yet have a personal ClinicalKey account, follow the instructions below.


Florida International University Medical Library Instructions with Screenshots

  1. Download the app but do not start within the app itself.
  2. Go to ClinicalKey via our website by clicking on this ClinicalKey (via the Medical Library) link or by going to the Medical Library Homepage and using the following path: Medical Databases > C > ClinicalKey.  
  3. If you are off-campus and have not already been prompted to sign into a library session with your FIU credentials, you will be asked to do so now. If you are on our campus Wi-Fi, or on a campus computer, you may be able to skip this sign-in step.
  4. Once on the ClinicalKey landing page, click "Register".

If you do not see the option to register, your browser window frame may be too narrow.  Click on the hamburger icon (three horizontal bars) in the upper right-hand corner and you should see the option to "Login or Register".


  1. When you click “Sign up now”, you will be taken to a form to create an account. You must use your FIU e-mail to create your account so that Elsevier recognizes you have access to its product via your affiliation with FIU.
  2. Be sure to remember the credentials you create here.
  3. ClinicalKey will display an activation message and send you a confirmation e-mail.
  4. ​In the confirmation e-mail, click the link to "officially start your remote access".
  5. After you create an account via the FIU Medical Library website, open the app on your mobile device and sign in. You should only have to do this once.
  6. Open the app and choose the "Global" edition.  
  7. ​Choose your "role" by ignoring the versions that reference nursing and pharmacology. Just click the top result, which is the most general version and simply called "ClinicalKey".
  8. You will be prompted to sign in.
  9. ​You may have to re-activate your account every 180 days.

If you wish to view the instructions that ClinicalKey provides on its website, go to

Availability Table

The online version (via your internet browser) is also available to users via our Medical Library's institutional subscription.
There is a corresponding app that you can use because it is tied to our institutional subscription. You need to create a personal account to use the mobile app. You must use your FIU e-mail to set up your account/app.
Clinical Key
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Medical Library
305 348-1466 (phone)
305 348-0631 (fax)
11200 SW 8th Street, GL 380
Miami, FL 33199