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WRHA Virtual Library: ClinicalKey

What is ClinicalKey and what do I use it for?

ClinicalKey is a health database that includes full-text access to books, articles, guidelines, and patient education materials, as well as clinical summaries, images, procedure videos, and medical calculators.

Search ClinicalKey

Do I have to create an account to access ClinicalKey?

No.  However, you will want to create an account if you want to:

  • install and use the ClinicalKey app;
  • track and earn continuing professional development credit.
  • save and share content

Create an Account with ClinicalKey

Access ClinicalKey using your WRHA Virtual Library username and password. You will create a different login for ClinicalKey itself. Your username will be your email address.

Next click "Register" from the ClinicalKey website.  Fill in the form and submit your registration.

Once you are registered, you will need to activate your remote access. Click on the Remote Access link under your profile.

profile meny at ClinicalKey showing Remote Access highlighted

Enter your institutional email address to request remote access. If you do not have an institutional email, please contact us for assistance.

With remote access, in addition to the mobile app, you can access ClinicalKey from any computer with internet access outside of the WRHA.  Simply go to and click the “Login” link located in the top right corner of the ClinicalKey home page, and enter your ClinicalKey username and password.

Please note that you must re-verify your affiliation with WRHA at least once every 180 days in order to maintain uninterrupted remote access to ClinicalKey.  To re-verify, simply log in to ClinicalKey via the WRHA Virtual Library.


 ClinicalKey logoType of App: Research/Reference

Free for WRHA staff

  1. Visit App Store or Google Play Store and download ClinicalKey.
  2. Once you've installed the app open it and select Global Edition and ClinicalKey (not Nursing or Pharm). You will be prompted to enter the login and password you created in ClinicalKey to activate the app. 
  3. Sign in to ClinicalKey on the web every 180 days to ensure you don't lose access when you need it most.