Citavi literature management - free of charge for members of Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences.

Citavi supports students and researchers in all steps of working with scientific literature. This begins with research. Citavi opens the door to over 4000 library catalogues (including our OPAC) and subject bibliographies, the data of which can be saved for further processing with just one click. And even with books piling up on your desk, you don't have to type out the titles. If the books have an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) - all books since 1980 have them - this number is sufficient and Citavi obtains all the necessary information from the Internet: Author, title, publisher, year and often also the cover graphic and a short summary.

How data becomes knowledge

Citavi first of all brings order to the literature collection. Not every text has to be processed immediately and in the same way. With Citavi's task planning, you can specify for each essay or book what needs to be done with it and by when. At the touch of a button, this becomes a task list for the next library visit.

The most important thing, however, is what you do with the information you have collected. In Citavi, this is called "knowledge organisation": essentials must be separated from non-essentials and linked to the knowledge already available. Citavi provides several tools for this. Literature can be easily indexed and categorised. The most important quotations can be extracted from each text, systematically organised and linked with the author's own ideas, thoughts and first drafts of the text. In this way, a body of knowledge tailored to the work objective grows continuously.

How knowledge gets onto paper

A paper, an exam paper or a publication is the final step in the work process. Citavi works with almost all word processors - including LaTeX editors. With a click, the collected quotations, thoughts and source references are in the text. Citavi automatically creates the index of cited literature.

System requirements

Working memory: min. 1 GB RAM, recommended 4 GB RAM.

Operating system: Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista.

Please note: Citavi does not run under Windows XP, iOS or Linux.

How to get the Citavi Team licence?

1. Find out about new features (, changes ( and the upgrade process (

2. Download the Citavi 6 setup (

3. Uninstall older versions of Citavi. Your projects and settings will not be affected.

4. Install Citavi 6 and log in with your Citavi account details. Logging in to Citavi replaces the previous procedure where you had to enter licence data.
So use your university email address. Forgotten your password? You can have it reset via the login form (

5. The Start Assistant will help you convert your old projects to the new Citavi 6 format. Your Word document will be copied by Citavis Word Add-in when you first open it and the fields it contains will be converted for Citavi 6.


The created literature projects can be stored locally on your computer, on a network drive, a central server or an external hard drive / USB stick as well as cloud storage.

What is the fastest way to get to know Citavi?

The chapter "Getting started with Citavi" in the online manual will help you get started quickly. You can find the complete support offer at