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Reference Management Software Citavi

Note on the Citavi license
The Citavi license for TU Dortmund University has already been extended until 31.12.2023. The message when starting Citavi that the license expires can be ignored by TU members.

TU Dortmund has licenced the Reference Management Software Citavi for students and staff members. Citavi supports students and academic staff professionally and didactically reliable during all stages of academic work, including research, management and subject indexing. Citavi also transfers table of contents and quotations to your MS Word documents. Furthermore there is a LaTeX support which can be activated. This video (in German) shows a complete workflow in Citavi.

University Licence and Citavi Account

Registration / Login

Use the login form and click the "Continue with university" button. You will be redirected to the campus license selection, type in "Technische Universitšt Dortmund" and select it. In the next step you have to log in with your UniAccount. You can use the university licence for the duration of your TU Dortmund membership. An authentication of your membership is requested once a year.

Note: If you registered with a private email address, log in with that address. In the next window, click on "Log in with:" in the right column and select the "My University" button. Enter ?Technische Universitšt Dortmund? and then log in with your UniAccount via Shibboleth. This will add the Shibboleth access to the account and activate the Citavi license.

Citavi Web for Mac

For all TU Dortmund members who use an operating system other than Microsoft Windows or who work with cloud projects. Simply follow the steps below:

  • log in using "Continue with university" on the Citavi login page: select Technische Universitšt Dortmund and sign in with your UniAccount
  • to access Citavi Web, click the three dots in the top-right corner. Your cloud projects will be displayed here, or you can create a new one.

Installation and Licensing

  • download the Citavi 6 setup.
  • uninstall older versions. Your projects and settings remain unaffected.
  • install Citavi 6.
  • start Citavi 6 and log in with your Citavi account.
  • the login legitimates you to use the University licence and allows you to save projects in the cloud storage. If you see "Citavi - no license" in the lower left corner of the start window, please use the following guide.
  • when you save projects in the Citavi cloud, please note the privacy statements from Swiss Academic Software GmbH.
  • Citavi 6 does only support working with Microsoft Word and TeX editors. If you want to work with LibreOffice or OpenOffice do not upgrade to Citavi 6 and use Citavi 5 instead. Create a licence key in your Citavi account to use the University Site Licence.

Local Support

Citavi Training Classes for Beginners

The course provides a basic overview of the program and is suitable for people with little or no knowledge of Citavi. You will learn to collect literature and create a bibliography as well as create citations and how to use the Word add-in.

Group appointments (for groups of 10 or more)

If you need an individual or subject-oriented training or a course in English, please contact us.

Get to know Citavi: self-study course in Moodle (in German)

Tutorials from Swiss Academic Software

Reference Management Software Comparison

Would you like to get an overview of different reference management software? The reference management software comparison of the University Library of the Technical University of Munich offers an overview of some of the common reference management programs. Both free and licensed programs for Windows, Mac and Linux were considered. The comparison is published under a Creative Commons license.


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