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Signing in to ClinicalKey with OpenAthens




  • Select your institution and sign in through OpenAthens. If you are not sure how, read the "Signing in with OpenAthens" section in this LibGuide.

OpenAthens: Choose How to Sign In 



  • You will be taken to ClinicalKey. Click on "Logged in via Houston Acade..." in the top-right corner. If you do not see "Logged in via Houston Acade..." in the top right corner, try using the data connection (not wifi) on your mobile phone to complete this process. A walkthrough for this process can be found in the CK Mobile Activation section of this guide.
  • A drop-down menu will appear.
  • Click Activate.

ClinicalKey - Activate Dropdown Menu



  • Upon clicking Activate, you will be taken to the Activate Personalization form.
    • All fields with an asterisk (*) are required.
      • Use your institutional email address.
    • You are not permitted to continue unless you click box related to the User Agreement.
    • Click Register.

ClinicalKey - Activate Personalization


  • The form page will refresh. You will not be sent a message that you have completed the activation. 
  • Click on "Logged in via Houston Acade..." in the top right corner.
  • Click Log Out from the drop-down menu.



  • ClinicalKey will reload the main search page and will no longer show that you are logged in via OpenAthens. You will need to log in again.
  • Click Login in the top right corner.

ClinicalKey Login



  • Under "Log in via your institution", click OpenAthens login.
  • The system will take a moment to verify your access and then you will be signed in.  The name you entered in the Activation page will appear in the top right corner.

ClinicalKey: OpenAthens Login


After this one-time activation is done, ClinicalKey will recognize you anytime you log in with their OpenAthens login, regardless of which browser you use.