Lit­er­at­ure man­age­ment and know­ledge or­gan­isa­tion with Citavi

Cam­pus li­cence for Citavi

Paderborn University Library offers all students and employees of Paderborn University a free campus licence for the Citavi literature management programme.

The system also supports you in knowledge organisation and in indexing and integrating research results in academic papers. Citavi can be used in version 6 "Citavi for Windows" or as"Citavi Web".

Citavi for Win­dows

With version 6, projects can be stored locally on a computer or in the Citavi Cloud. Teams can also use the cloud as a storage location for shared projects. Projects can be edited on all computers on which Citavi is installed.

Citavi provides 5 GB free of charge per user - for all cloud projects together. If more storage space is needed, users can subscribe to Citavi individually: an additional 5 GB for 16 euros per year or 50 GB for 40 euros per year.

The current storage capacity is displayed when you open the cloud project and select the option "File > This project > Properties > Statistics".

In­stall­a­tion and li­cence data

  1. You can download the version licensed by Paderborn University Library. You can obtain this file from the following page:
    Alternatively, you can first install the free version 'Citavi For Free' for Windows. You can obtain the file from the following page:
    You can use this version for 30 days and, if you are interested, switch to the licensed version of the University Library; the data you entered in the free version will remain with you when you switch.
  2. Register with your personal Paderborn University email address (e.g. or to get a Citavi account:

  3. Citavi will send you an e-mail to the specified e-mail address to secure your account. Please confirm the link provided in the e-mail.
  4. In addition, fill in the online form and assign a password.
  5. Now start the downloaded version of Citavi 6.
  6. Log in with your account (login icon, top right).

Citavi set­tings file for stu­dents and staff of Pader­born Uni­ver­sity

In order to adapt Citavi to specific offers of the Paderborn University Library, we recommend importing our configuration file into Citavi.

The file compiled for the Paderborn offer provides:

  • a selection of available catalogues and databases for research from Citavi and transfer of the results
  • a direct location query in the catalogue of the UB Paderborn
  • a selection of common citation styles


  • Download the configuration file (Please click with the right mouse button on the link and select "Save target as" in the context menu).
  • Upload the saved file to Citavi by selecting "Import/export settings" from the "Tools" menu in Citavi, selecting the configuration file and importing it.

Help - In­form­a­tion ma­ter­i­als and ser­vice for Citavi 6

Citavi Web

To work with Citavi Web, all you need is an internet connection with a current browser. Citavi Web is platform-independent and can therefore be used on any operating system, be it Mac OS, Windows or Linux.

If you already have an account for "Citavi for Windows", you can log in immediately via this page:

You do not have an account yet? Then follow steps 1 - 4.

Li­cence data

  1. Register with your personal university email address of Paderborn University (e.g. or to get a Citavi account:
  2. Citavi will send you an e-mail to the given e-mail address to secure your account. Please confirm the link given in the e-mail.
  3. In addition, fill in the online form and assign a password.
  4. Now start Citavi Web from this address: https: // and log in with your account.

Citavi Web does not yet have the same range of functions as "Citavi for Windows". You can read about the (still) missing functions on the page'Missing functions in Citavi Web'.

Help - In­form­a­tion ma­ter­i­al and ser­vice for Citavi Web