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Reference management with Citavi


Citavi is a reference management software. You can get an overview of the features on the software provider's page.

Campus licences

Schmalkalden University has licensed Citavi for Windows and Citavi Web. University members may use the software free of charge within the scope of the licence conditions.

Citavi for Windows

Citavi for Windows is a desktop application for Microsoft Windows operating systems.


  1. Uninstall older Citavi versions if necessary. Your existing projects and settings will not be affected.
  2. Request your Citavi licence.
  3. Download the installation files.
  4. Install Citavi.
  5. In addition, you can import the Citavi settings file (zip-file). This will set the library catalogue of the Cellarius University Library as the preferred catalogue. The import of the file is described in this manual.

Citavi Web

Citavi Web is a browser-based, operating system independent software. Your files are stored online in the Citavi Cloud.

Currently, it is not recommended to edit files created with Citavi for Windows in Citavi Web.


  1. If you do not already have one: Request your Citavi licence.
  2. Log in to Citavi Web.


You can find numerous manuals and video tutorials on the software provider's page.

The Cellarius University Library offers training courses on Citavi.