Citavi - Collecting and managing references

Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
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Citavi is a reference manager for Microsoft Windows that helps creating your scientific texts.

The University and District Library Bonn-Rhein-Sieg offers its members the full version of Citavi, which can be installed twice (eg on your personal and official computer).

Citavi allows you to

  •      Automatically create bibliographies
  •      Organize sources and quotes
  •      Research and import literature
  •      Store and edit full texts of articles and e-books
  •      Planning and scheduling work steps
  •      Save your project in cloud space (Server location: Germany)

To use Citavi with text processing, you need to have Microsoft Word. If you are a member of our University, get Microsoft Office here.

Download / Licensing
First, install the Citavi Free version (Download see links). Request your license key for the free full version from Citavi (see links). Required for authentication is your university email address. You will receive an email with the license key and information on how the activation works.

Use Citavi in ​​a team
Share and work with your Citavi projects as a team. Precondition is that all participants have the same Citavi version and a common folder is available.

Seminars and consultation
Information events and consultation take place in rooms of the library by appointment (also part of a course, in small groups or as individual consultation). Just make an appointment with us or come over when the info desk is occupied.

If you have any questions about Citavi, please contact the university and district library at the e-mail address bibliothek[at]

You work with Mac?

We are happy to advise you on alternatives to Citavi, for example Zotero or Mendeley. Please contact us.

Please note that these programs are cloud-based and some of the server locations are located in non-EU countries. Different data protection regulations may apply.

If you have any questions, please contact us.