Bibliographic management with Citavi

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Citavi Desktop (Windows)

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Upgrading to Citavi 6 from a Previous Version

Licence key for
students and
UDE members

Create a Citavi account here ( using your UDE mailing adress. Your license key is available there. Open Citavi Free and enter your access data for the Citavi account. This makes Citavi for Windows available to you.  Now the application has unlimited capacity and also allows teamwork for small teams in a local network or for large groups in the Citavi Cloud.

Our Citavi campus license has been renewed!

If you are already using the UB Duisburg-Essen Citavi campus license, you have been informed by Citavi about the renewal via mail. The Citavi installation on your computer will take over the current license key from your Citavi account if you

  • click the confirmation link in the mail or - if the link does not work anymore
  • click on "Citavi 6.10 - License" in the lower left corner of the start window of your Citavi installation and request a new confirmation mail (of course you have to be logged in with your account data) or
  • request a new confirmation mail in your Citavi account via web browser using the link in the right column.
  • Desktop für Windows (7 and higher), Citavi Cloud
  • multilingual surface
  • Teamwork on a shared space on the UDE fileserver or in the Citavi Cloud
  • Please note: For data protection reasons, we recommend storing sensitive project data locally instead of in the Citavi Cloud. Please note the privacy policy and the user agreement that you agree to when creating your Citavi account.
  • You can use Citavi on a Macintosh with Parallels or Boot Camp.
  • Imortant: Please do not automaticly sync with a cloud (Sciebo, Dropbox, OneDrive...) while working with your project in Citavi.
  • manage your citations, quotations, commentations and own ideas  complete with references
  • cite with mouse click
  • export the hierarchic text structure to your word processing program
  • plan your tasks
  • search for locations
  • grouped bibliographies

Adjustment file

An adjustment file specifically generated for the UDE contains local default configurations and admission data to many catalogues and to licenced databases.

UDE adjustment file for Citavi

(use the right hand mouse button -> "save target as …").
Please import this file into your Citavi application via "Tools > Import  or export settings".

UDE specific
Output Styles

Historisches Institut

Institut für Romanische Sprachen und Literaturen
 (Prof. Böhm)

Institut für Straßenbau

Lehrstuhl für Internationale Rechnungslegung
 (Prof. Dr. Kasperzak)  (Stand: 2018)

Medizin (Alte Ausführungsbestimmungen )

Medizin (neue Ausführungsbestimmungen Stand: 4/2018)

Medizinmanagement (Leitfaden Version 9, 2019)

MSM F1 (Fußnotenstil, Leitfaden Stand: Okt. 2018)

MSM F2  (textinternes Zitat, Leitfaden Stand: Okt. 2018)

PIM (Prof. Dr. Zelewski alter Leitfaden)

PIM (Prof. Dr. Zelewski Leitfaden Version 41)


Save the file (right click > Save target as...; let the file name end with .ccs and choose all files as file type; Chrome: open the file before saving it ) in the directory Custom Citation Styles (usually located in C: \ Users \ username \ My Documents \ Citavi 6 \). You find the style immediately in the list of citation styles in Citavi and the Word Add-In.

If there is formatting that is not perfect, please let us know.


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