The Bielefeld University Library offers free use of the reference management software Citavi to all members of the university (campus license since 2008). This service includes general and subject-specific tuitions and consulting services for the use of the software.
The currently expiring Citavi campus licence of Bielefeld University will be extended again for 2 years on 1 April 2023. As a Citavi user, you will need to confirm your account or your status as a member of Bielefeld University to Citavi in order to continue using your free licence. You will probably receive an email from Citavi in mid/end March containing a link to confirm your email address.
Please note that the Windows version allows you to store your data locally and in the cloud. When storing data in the cloud, the library explicitly states that only non-critical data may be stored, as only the provider has data authority over this. For critical data, the data should be stored locally on a university drive. Therefore, it is up to the Citavi project management to influence the Citavi project participants to keep critical data away from Citavi or to remove it if it has been stored there after all.
Step 1: Download and install Citavi Free
Citavi 6 runs on computers with Windows 10, 8, 7 and also on Windows Server 2012
Step 2: Create personal Citavi Account
Please register for a Citavi account. Please note, when you sign-up it is necessary to authenticate as member of Bielefeld University using your university mail address (@ uni-bielefeld.de).
Step 3: Important: Download the configuration file with Bielefeld specifications
Please click on "Save target as" in the context menu with the right mouse button.
If you install this file in Citavi, you will get a default selection of the most important local databases (Bielefeld University Library catalogue and more), so that e.g. call number / class mark are automatically added. Upload the saved file to Citavi by simply clicking on "Import settings" in the "Extras" menu in Citavi. The file must be uploaded in ".csd" format. If the file has a different extension, simply rename it ".csd"