Make the most of ClinicalKey — Bookshelf, Remote Access & more

Some of the most-used technologies at OUM are at the Library — ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey Student, both products of Elsevier Publishing. Another Elsevier product has launched at OUM this month: Complete Anatomy, an advanced 3D anatomy platform created in association with Gray’s Anatomy, which essentially allows you to “peel away” layers and

  • interact with body systems in-depth.
  • conduct virtual dissection of the full abdomen.

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  • use 3D models that correlate to radiological scans.

“We are excited to be rolling out Complete Anatomy,” says Greg Beber, OUM’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). “This kind of resource keeps up our effort to be at the forefront of distance medical education,” he says, adding that the new resource does not impact the current library fee. A full announcement about Complete Anatomy and how to gain access is forthcoming.

ClinicalKey Student’s Personal Bookshelf & more

Last year’s student survey showed that 70 percent of OUM students use the ClinicalKey products weekly. The goal, now, is to raise that statistic to 90 percent, improving the ClinicalKey product utilization in several ways — one, by teaching instructors how to integrate direct links to ClinicalKey resources within their class Moodle pages.

The difference between the two ClinicalKeys is audience. ClinicalKey is a point-of-care resource aimed at practitioners, providing texts, videos, and journals covering every medical and surgical specialty. ClinicalKey Student is somewhat self-explanatory, as it is aimed at students only via textbooks, but it also has many other advantages.

Are there textbooks you use often? If the answer is YES, add them to your personal bookshelf — open them in the ClinicalKey Student desktop and/or mobile app, which you can download to Windows or Mac computers and to Apple or Android mobile devices. Then you are able to —

  • jump chapters
  • highlight text
  • customize format
  • cite
  • create flashcards
  • create a reading list and save favorites
  • EVEN have the book read to you aloud

While there is some overlap between ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey Student, downloading texts through ClinicalKey Student simply provides more options, such as downloading a text for offline access. Contact the library staff for assistance setting up your personal bookshelf.

Pluses: ClinicalKey account, Remote Access

If you have yet to set up a ClinicalKey account, doing so may make your life easier. For example, you need the ClinicalKey account to access ClinicalKey Student. That can be accomplished through the Library’s Moodle site by clicking on the ClinicalKey shortcut. There are also detailed instructions in Moodle’s Technology Video Walk-Throughs.

Activating Remote Access can also be done through your ClinicalKey account and is important if you want to access Clinical Key outside of Moodle or utilize mobile devices to access ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey Student. To activate, select Remote Access from the pulldown menu of your ClinicalKey profile. Detailed instructions are in the walk-through videos.

A geographic wrinkle

Keep in mind that to enable Remote Access, you must login through ClinicalKey. If you have done so, and are still having access issues, check the ClinicalKey URL for a country identifier. Since the University’s Elsevier account was originally set up in the US, OUM’s Australia, New Zealand, and other international students may have difficulty activating Remote Access. The fix? Remove the country code from the URL.

For any additional ClinicalKey questions or assistance, check the walk-through videos in Moodle, the Help Desk Knowledge Base, or contact the Library Staff (

(December 2021)