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Reference Management Software Citavi

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 or TeX documents, and generates automatically a bibliography of the cited literature. This video (in German) shows a complete workflow in Citavi.

University Licence and Citavi Account

Register for a Citavi account with your email address ( and follow the registration instructions. Furthermore you can add the Shibboleth login for future logins in your profile ("Weitere Zugänge"). You can use the university licence for the duration of your TU Dortmund membership. The membership requests to be authenticated once a year.

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.
  • 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.

Try Citavi Web

Students and professors at the TU Dortmund can now try the free test version of Citavi Web till the end of 2021 - this is especially useful for individuals, who use an operating system other than Microsoft Windows or who work with cloud projects. Simply follow the steps below:

  • log in using "My university" on the Citavi login page: select Technische Universität 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.

Local Support

Citavi Training Classes for Beginners

We offer interdisciplinary courses for Citavi: giving you an idea of the key features. The courses - demonstrating the search functions and literature managment - are in German. These training classes are for those, who do not yet know Citavi or do have only few skills.

Classes for Beginners: Course Dates

  • Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 9am - 10am (s.t.)
    Citavi class for beginners online (Zoom course)
    Focus: literature management

Registration: in our overview tours and trainings

Citavi Advanced Training Courses

The course focuses on knowledge organization. You will learn how to create citations in Citavi and how to use Citavi's AddIn for Microsoft Word. Suitable for people who have attended the Citavi training classes for beginners or have experience with literature management in Citavi (in German).

Advanced Training Courses: Course Dates

  • Tuesday, 02 November 2021, 9am - 10am (s.t.)
    Advanced Training Course online (Zoom Course)
    Focus: Knowledge organization

Registration: in our overview tours and trainings

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


Please contact us: Department for Information Literacy and Publication Support