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Citavi helps with all tasks of scientific literature work: from managing collected sources to organising knowledge and creating bibliographies.

Citavi supports you in the following aspects:
  • Importing and exporting bibliographic data from library catalogues and databases, importing from other literature management programs
  • Managing literature by accurately recording sources using predefined document types
  • Collecting quotations
  • Organising knowledge: Indexing content through abstracts, tables of contents, keywords, comments, references, citations
  • Automatically create bibliographies according to citation styles you select
  • Planning tasks

Basic version

The limited-use but free basic version Citavi Free can be downloaded from the Citavi website.
Please note that Citavi free only allows you to import 100 titles. Only when you activate Citavi Pro or Citavi Team via the campus licence of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) can you import an unlimited amount of literature data.

Citavi Pro for students of the FAU

You need a licence key to activate the full version of Citavi Pro. You will receive this as a free campus licence after registering via an online form. You will need your FAU email address (… Go to the online form to activate Citavi Pro
The campus licence entitles you to use Citavi on two computers or one computer and one USB stick. Before the licence key expires, you will receive a new key in good time by e-mail to your FAU user ID.
You can regularly update Citavi. The programme will automatically notify you of new available updates.

Citavi Pro and Citavi Team for FAU employees

There is a charge for using Citavi Pro or Citavi Team on official computers! Please consult your Regional Computing Centre Erlangen (RRZE) contact person.

With the free Citavi Picker add-on, you can transfer texts and graphics, abstracts, tables of contents and keywords with automatic source citation into your project via a context menu. Incomplete literature references from the web can be searched for in databases or libraries of your choice; the complete information is then transferred to your project.
The Citavi Picker is currently available for:
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Acrobat
  • Edge

The Citavi support portal provides answers to common problems, manuals, tutorials and animations, as well as chat information.
Citavi support
Frequently asked questions
Citavi forum
Tutorials on YouTube
Of course, the university library also offers personal support and assistance with Citavi. Ask a librarian or attend our training courses.

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