Universität Bonn

University and State Library


There is a campus license for Citavi. University of Bonn staff and students can download the software for free. Citavi offers benefits with regard to knowledge organization as well as planning and monitoring of work steps.

Please note

Due to the switchover to the Alma library management system, USL Bonn is now using the new Alma Link Resolver. As a result, the old OpenURL becomes invalid as of January 1, 2024.

Read here how to enter the new OpenURL for checking local availability by 12/31/2023.

Campus license

Citavi is a reference management application that is available for free download to all staff and students of the University of Bonn usable on two computers.

The campus license is currently valid through 12/31/2024. The current license extension is a transitional license until the end of March 2023.

Please proceed as follows in case of any problems with updating of the license using your Uni-ID: https://ecampus.uni-bonn.de/goto_ecampus_cat_5754.html?lang=en

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Citavi features include:

  • Retrieving reference data, adding comments
  • Importing reference data from catalogs, databases, PDF files and the internet
  • Automated bibliography generation, selecting from various citation styles
  • Editing of citation styles
  • Gathering citations and ideas
  • Task planning based on deadline, priority and progress status

For a complete overview of Citavi features visit the vendor website:  https://www.citavi.com/en

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Installation guide for new Citavi users

  1. Download the installation file for Citavi 6 here (https://www.citavi.com/en/download).
  2. Install Citavi 6 and log in using your Citavi account data.

Setting up your Citavi Account

  1. Go to https://citaviweb.citavi.com/ and click on "Don't have an account? Sign up now” to set up a new Citavi Account. Email and password do not have to be identical to your Uni-ID.
  2. Once you have completed the registration successfully, click on your user name/your profile image, then “Profile”.
  3. In your profile, click on "Login information" and "Log in with", then go to "Add another university account".
  4. Search for "Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn”.
  5. You will be directed to Shibboleth, where you will need to enter your Uni-ID.
  6. The campus license is now linked to your Citavi Account.
  7. You now have two options for logging in, both of which relate to the same account:
    Using your Citavi Account details, directly via: https://citaviweb.citavi.com/p/campus# citaviweb.citavi.com/p/campus#
    Using your Uni-ID, via "Continue with University" https://citaviweb.citavi.com/p/campus#

More information

Citavi users in Bonn can derive great benefit by integrating the OpenURL of the Bonn linking service SFX in Citavi. This service allows you to check from within Citavi whether a document in Bonn is available electronically, in print form or via direct interlibrary loan.

To integrate the OpenURL in Citavi, follow the menu navigation Tools → Options → RSS/OpenURL, then enter the following URL (once only): https://hbz-ulb.userservices.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/openurl?institution=49HBZ_ULB&vid=49HBZ_ULB:DEFAULT&

The Windows version of Citavi gives you the choice of storing your generated data on the local system or the cloud.

By default, Citavi-Web stores all results in the cloud. This means that the data you have entered is processed outside the University of Bonn and is transmitted by the operator to the service providers/subcontractors listed under https://www1.citavi.com/sub/manual6/de/index.html?privacy_information.html.

Please be certain not to save any personal information about third parties beyond the scope of your bibliographical notes in the Citavi cloud.

The USL recommends storing your working results on your own terminal device and then also on a university drive or Sciebo as a backup.

Citavi training

We offer regular training sessions for Citavi, both for Citavi beginners and for advanced users. For experienced Citavi users we offer individual support sessions.


If you have any questions or are interested in individual group appointments, please contact schulung@ulb.uni-bonn.de.

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