Reference management with Citavi

Citavi is a reference management program for Microsoft Windows for which the University of Göttingen offers a campus license

Students and members of the university can download the full version free of charge and install it from version 5 on all personally used computers.

In our interactive course we show you how you can use Citavi for your academic work. Please find the course dates on our website, where you can register for your preferred date.

Questions and suggestions should be directed to the AG Literaturverwaltung (E-Mail).

Citavi Web licensed

During the current licence period (until 30 November 2026) Citavi Web is available to all members of Göttingen University. This means that the reference management programme can be used independently of the operating system and is therefore also of interest to anyone working with Mac OS or Linux. All you need to work with Citavi Web is an internet connection and an up-to-date browser. Project data is saved online, which is particularly useful for teamwork. Citavi Web also supports touchscreens, but not tablets. Give it a try!

You can find basic information about Citavi Web in the Citavi Web-manual.

For those who used Citavi Desktop so far and are considering switching to Citavi Web, the list of missing features in Citavi Web may be helpful.

Citavi course documents for download

Introduction to Citavi

You can also use this self-study material to learn the basics of Citavi. The documents include a Citavi project file, sample text files and detailed task and solution sheets.

Working with Citavi

Here you will find individual technical and subject-specific instructions as well as practical tips.

Citavi 6 for historical disciplines

If you are researching unprinted sources, incunabula, images or objects, the guide „Citavi 6 für historisch arbeitende Disziplinen“ (PDF 806 KB) [in German only] is of interest to you. It requires a basic knowledge of Citavi and offers solutions for the following requirements:
Capture and automatically quote unprinted sources, incunabula, works of art, or objects; specify foliation, pagination, and other deviating counts; append, mark, transcribe, and annotate PDF-files or digital representations; create image quotes and images; use special characters; capture complex names; create a grouped bibliography; document the state of research on a source or text; capture scientific bits and pieces from social media channels.

Support for Citavi

If you have any questions about downloading and installing Citavi, please contact StudIT Support.

Find extensive support on the Citavi websites.

Questions regarding the use of Citavi at the University of Göttingen (e. g. licences, access to databases / catalogues, team projects, course enquiries) can be answered by the AG Literaturverwaltung (E-Mail).

On every first and third Wednesday of the month we offer you an open Citavi consultation hour, where we are happy to answer your individual questions.

Please visit our website Research Support to book an individual consultation!

Next dates:

  • No course dates available presently.

Location: Information and services on the ground floor of the Central Library.

Find out more about our answers to frequently asked questions.