Searching and Importing

Explore over 4800 Resources

  • Search freely accessible databases, library catalogs, and research databases your organization has licensed – without leaving Citavi.
  • Use fields, operators, and truncation specific to each database.
  • Search multiple sources at once. Citavi prevents you from adding duplicates.
  • Save search queries you use often.

Receive New Article Notifications via RSS

  • Subscribe to RSS feeds in Citavi to be notified of new articles on your research topic.
  • Add interesting results to your Citavi project with just a click.

Search Your Library

  • Citavi saves the call numbers for books in your library.
  • Even if you imported a reference from another source, Citavi will check to see if your library has it.
  • Thousands of library catalogs are already available in Citavi. We continually add additional resourc­es and gladly accept suggestions.

Search with the Citavi Picker

  • The Picker is a free extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. It identifies ISBNs and DOIs on webpages and sends the reference information to your project.
  • The Picker can also send webpages and online documents to Citavi.
  • Since webpages often change frequently, Citavi lets you save a copy as a PDF in your project.

Search Online Databases

  • Add references from Google Scholar and other online databases.
  • Search online bookstores and click to order books. Or, send an email to your favorite bookstore around the corner.

Import PDFs und Microsoft Office Documents

  • Drag PDFs to your project to import them. Citavi automatically adds the citation information.
  • Citavi finds all accessible PDFs for articles in your project.
  • Office documents and image files can also be saved and analyzed in Citavi.

Import by ISBN, DOI, PubMedID, etc.

  • Just enter an ISBN number or other identifier, and Citavi retrieves its information, along with the cover art, abstract, and keywords, if available.

Import From Other Programs

  • With Citavi's import filters, you can add sources from any other reference management program.
  • Citavi imports references in RIS, BibTeX, and ENW formats, Excel tables, Word bibliographies, etc.

Check Your Search Results

  • Citavi saves a list of your imports.
  • You can always check where, when, and with what search terms you performed a search and view the references you added.