Leicester Medical School

Using and linking to University Library resources

Anyone who has a University of Leicester username and login (as for email) can access University of Leicester library Medical resources. Not only are many core textbooks provided as online ebooks, but also certain publishers offer us particular access to their books and journals. Providing a link to a chapter of an ebook (for example, in a workbook or shared on Blackboard) is a convenient way to point students directly to key texts.

To link to a University library resource, begin by going to the library website and finding the resource. Copy the URL at the top and add that into the hyperlink of your resource in Word. When you save it as a PDF, the link will still work in Notability, although the student will probably have to log into the library first.

Elsevier ClinicalKey      

Going to ClinicalKey.com will give you access to a Google-like search which searches Elsevier medical content plus information from Medline. ClinicalKey also provides diagnostic and treatment information and videos.

All University staff and students have access to ClinicalKey from anywhere, anytime. To get access to the full range, click Login at the upper right, then click Other institutional login; where it says Search for your institution, type in Leicester, then click University of Leicester; you will then be directed to log into a typical university login page. Once you have done that, you will have access to everything, even when off campus. Elsevier recommends that you also create a personal account on ClinicalKey, as this allows you to save searches and bookmarks -- do this by clicking Register at the upper right and following the steps.

You can link to ClinicalKey books at the chapter level. Just copy the link from the chapter and paste it into a document; it will open on students' iPads. Use ClinicalKey from a browser, even on your mobile or iPad, rather than the app, because the app has less functionality than the app.

This short video describes various tips to quickly find and share the best content available through Clinical Key (silent video).

ClinicalKey diagnostics and treatment

When you type in a search term, look to the right column and click on "View Full Topic" (this feature sometimes does not show for certain terms). You will see diagnostic and treatment data. This works best when you are logged in through the institutional login, as described above.

Extra tip for links to ClinicalKey

Some PDF annotators don't handle ClinicalKey URLs well. You can mitigate this by shortening the URL. Visit Tiny URL. Where it says 'Enter a long URL to make tiny' -- paste in the long url, then click Make Tiny URL! You will then be given a shorter URL -- paste that into your document, and all student apps will work more smoothly.

Lippincott health resources

We have special access to Lippincott resources due to a new agreement. Use the ezproxy link in order to remotely access the resources. Turn the link into a hyperlink in your document, and students should then be able to link directly to the resource.

Lippincott eBooks will let you link directly to the chapter.


Use the Share Link  button and you are given a URL directly to the page you are viewing at the time. E.g. you want to link to page 47 of “Alzheimer's and other Dementias / Hughes”, go to the book, then find the exact page you want to link to. Click on and then copy and paste the URL which will direct you to the exact page you were on at the time.


When you get to the book take the URL and add &loc=pagenumber to the end and this will take you to the page you require.

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