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Reference Management

Our campus license Citavi

Free of charge for university members

The Bielefeld University Library offers free use of the reference management software Citavi to all members of the university (campus license since 2008). This service includes general and subject-specific tuitions and consulting services for the use of the software.

The Citavi campus licence of Bielefeld University has been extended again by 2 years until 31 March 2025.

  • Automatically fill in book or article data (e.g. by entering the ISBN)
  • Collect and organise references and enhance them with abstracts, keywords and comments
  • Import search results from databases and references from other programmes
  • Automatically create reference lists (with selectable citation styles)
  • Collect important citations and ideas for a research paper
  • Schedule tasks at hand by deadlines, significance and state of study
  • Search for citations via comfortable plugin directly in Word with immediate embedding. Short title records and a reference list are immediately displayed in the corresponding citation style
  • Edit literature projects in a team (cloud function)


Citavi Web

Citavi Web is not included in the campus license. If you want to use Citavi Web, you have to license it privately after the trial period. There is no free option to use Citavi Web through the university library.

Storage in the Cloud

The Windows version allows you to store your data locally and in the cloud. When storing in the cloud, the library explicitly states that only non-critical data may be stored, as only the provider has data authority in this regard. For critical data, the data must be stored locally or on a university drive. Therefore, it is up to the Citavi project management to influence the Citavi project participants to keep critical data away from Citavi or to remove it if it has been stored there after all.

Download / personal license key

Step 1: Download and install Citavi Free

Download Citavi 6

System requirements

Step 2: Create personal Citavi Account

Please register for a Citavi account. When you sign-up it is necessary to authenticate as member of Bielefeld University using your university mail address (

Create Citavi account

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