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What is Citavi?

Citavi is a reference management program, which supports your entire research process - from searching for sources to citing and finishing your paper. Additional to classical reference management tools Citavi offers functions for knowledge organisation and task planning. An online research feature allows you to search databases and catalogues from within the program.

What does Citavi has to offer?

- searching in library catalogues and databases
- collecting, managing and organising references
- intergrating PDFs, images and web links
- tapping into web content with the pickers
- evaluating content
- organising knowledge
- writing & citing sources
- planning tasks
- working in teams
- customising Citavi


First download the free version of Citavi and install "Citavi Free" on your computer. http://citavi.com/en/download.html Afterwards, request your personal licence key for the full version "Citavi Team" here.
Please enter your university email address. You will receive your license key to that address. Activation: Start Citavi and enter the licence key from the e-mail, that you normally receive from the software producer within 24 hours of request. The e-mail describes the procedure.

Checking availability

During your Citavi research, you've amassed the bibliographic information of relevant literature in Citavi. Now you want to borrow the books or make copies of individual journal articles. Does the HFT library or another library in the region have a copy of the book? If so, can you borrow it? OpenURL can help answer these questions by linking to usable resources. Please enter our base URL in Citavi:

In the reference editor on the "Tools" menu click "Options". Switch to the OpenURL tab. Enter the following URL in the base URL field and click "OK":

How to check availability
On the "References" menu, click "Check availability and find full text". Select "Check availability with OpenURL".

Support and user manual

Support and the user manual can be found on the Citavi website.