Access to ClinicalKey: A new clinical search engine

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 57, No. 3, April 2015, Page 125 College Library

The College Library now provides members with access to ClinicalKey, a new reference resource from Elsevier replacing MD Consult. ClinicalKey has enhanced search capabilities that provide access to reliable, high-quality clinical information across medical and surgical specialties.

ClinicalKey contains over 1000 e-books, 600 e-journals, and 300 procedural videos, as well as drug information. First Consult, an evidence-based point-of-care tool, remains part of ClinicalKey, as does Procedures Consult, with expanded access to procedural videos in medical and surgical specialties. All of these resources are combined into one search engine with easy-to-use options to filter information according to your needs. 

ClinicalKey is mobile-responsive for use on your iPhone or Android device via a web browser. Only the content of First Consult is available as an iOS app at the present time. To download the First Consult app, open ClinicalKey on your personal computer and click the Register button in the top right-hand corner. Enter the required data; your e-mail address will be your user name. Next, on your mobile device, search the app store for First Consult. Choose option #1 (“I use First Consult and know my username”). When prompted, log in using your newly created personal login.

To explore ClinicalKey, go to the library’s website at, click on Point of Care, and select ClinicalKey from the list of resources.

We hope you find this resource to be a valuable support for your clinical decision making. For further information about ClinicalKey, please contact the library at or call 604 733-6671.
—Robert Melrose

Robert Melrose. Access to ClinicalKey: A new clinical search engine. BCMJ, Vol. 57, No. 3, April, 2015, Page(s) 125 - College Library.

Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.

About the ICMJE and citation styles

The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.

An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.

BCMJ standard citation style is a slight modification of the ICMJE/NLM style, as follows:

  • Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
  • There is no period after the journal name.
  • Page numbers are not abbreviated.

For more information on the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, visit

BCMJ Guidelines for Authors

Leave a Reply