Citavi is a reference management software of high complexity compared to similar tools. Citavi is an interesting alternative for people who love structure and systematics.

Citavi contents

All reference management tools pretty much do the same job (metadata import from content databases, in-text citations, and bibliographies). Citavi uses the reference management aspect as a launch pad but focus is very much on the pre-writing phase: the software allows you to structure a research paper, to add quotes and references to individual parts of the paper, and to export everything to MS Word when you are ready to embark on the actual writing process.

Free access until June 2018
CBS Library is happy to be able to offer all CBS students and staff free access to Citavi until June 2018.
CBS Library believes that Citavi is a robust and interesting alternative to traditional RM tools and for that reason, we have decided to offer all CBS students and staff a one-year free trial. If, after June 2018, you have grown to depend on the software, you can purchase a personal account at half price (€ 50). This is a one-off investment and not a subscription.

System requirements
Citavi is currently only available for Windows and only as a standalone software without a parallel online universe. An online Mac-compatible version is expected end of 2017/ beginning of 2018.

Getting started with Citavi:
1. Download Citavi to your local drive
2. Register as CBS user to get a license key



Hints from the librarian 

Tips from the librarian

Short PDF introduction and User manual

Subscribe to a training newsletter for step-by-step guide to the software.



Facts about Citavi

Provider Swiss Academic Software




Other relevant databases

The page was last edited by: CBS Library // 06/22/2017