Goodbye MDConsult, Hello ClinicalKey

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ClinicalKey_Logo_Loc45F61C-300x157Earlier this year, the medical publisher Elsevier announced plans to phase out their MDConsult product by the end of 2014.  During the past few months, the Health Sciences Library (HSL) has been evaluating ClinicalKey, a new Elsevier product that contains all of the content from MDConsult, plus much more:  over 1,000 additional medical and surgical e-books, over 500 e-journals, and over 13,000 Elsevier medical and surgical videos.  The Library is pleased to announce that we are upgrading from MDConsult to ClinicalKey, effective January 1, 2014.  All access to MDConsult will cease Dec. 31, 2013.  The University of Virginia presently has full access to ClinicalKey via a trial that runs through the end of this month at


Elsevier developed ClinicalKey around three key requirements—comprehensiveness, trusted content, and speed to answer—which they identified in a study of over 2,000 physicians. As with MDConsultClinicalKey offers access to multiple content types—including e-books, journals, videos, and images—from a single interface. However, the breadth of content in ClinicalKey is far greater:

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In addition, ClinicalKey includes a wider collection of the Clinics series, as well as First Consult, Elsevier’s evidence-based point-of-care tool.

If you have any questions regarding the transition from MDConsult to ClinicalKey you can reach a Library staff member at, or by calling 924-5444.

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