Why doesn't Germany use a standard citation style?

In a country where there's a law for the amount of beer that should be poured in a glass, you might expect citation practices to be similarly uniform. In fact, there have been some attempts at standardizing citation guidance over the years. But how successful have they been? The answer might surprise you.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 2/11/2020
Tags: Good to know Citation

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Is it okay to cite social media?

A carefully researched YouTube video on quantum mechanics from a university professor and your friend’s Instagram picture of his lunch are both examples of social media. So, when and when should you not cite social media in a paper? Find out in this blog post.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 1/28/2020
Tags: Beginning students Evaluating sources

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Reflecting on the past year

Already made your resolutions for 2020? Fair enough, but before moving on to the next year, we invite you to sit back and take stock of all the positive moments from the year that was.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 12/31/2019
Tags: Good to know

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7 last-minute gift ideas for academics

Has the holiday season crept up on you all-too-soon? Are you still looking for a present for the students, professors, and researchers in your life? We've got you covered! Check out our blog post for some ideas.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 12/17/2019

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APA – The most popular citation style in the world?

How did the APA citation style become one of the most popular in the world? In this blog article we attempt to answer this question by tracing the history of the style from its humble beginnings on up to the just released 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 12/3/2019
Tags: Citation Good to know

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A treasure trove of tags

The humble tag can be immensely useful when organizing your references or other documents. But just how should you go about creating a tag or keyword system?
Read on for some best practices from the Citavi team.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 11/19/2019
Tags: Knowledge organization

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The (academic) messy middle

Does it feel like there's no end in sight to this semester? That's because you're smack dab in "the messy middle". Also known as "the mid-semester slump" or "mid-semester blues", our latest blog post examines this phenomenon and offers some tips to help keep you moving forwards.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 11/5/2019
Tags: Beginning students Graduate students Good to know

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What is open science?

Magicians never reveal their tricks, but for academics it's a different matter. They can and should reveal how they reached their conclusions!
The open science movement takes this transparency one step further by helping make knowledge directly accessible to the public.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 10/22/2019
Tags: Good to know

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Show your readers the way

Can you imagine going on a hike with no signs to guide you? You'd likely feel a bit lost.
It's the same for the readers of your thesis if you don't include some common "signposts" to help guide them in – and back out – of your writing.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 10/8/2019

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The outline

Like an itinerary for a vacation, the humble outline can help keep you from meandering off course and wasting valuable time – whether you have a two-page essay or a dissertation ahead of you.

Learn how you can use outlines throughout your writing process and which apps can help in our latest blog post.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 9/24/2019
Tags: Writing tips

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Make this your year

A new academic year is a great chance to say goodbye to the bad habits that may have plagued you in the past and start developing good ones to help you succeed.

We’ve culled some of our top learning and productivity tips from past blog posts to help you hit the ground running. Whether you’re a first-year student or a seasoned professor, we're confident you’ll find some strategies you can use to make this your best year yet.

Created by: Jennifer Schultz – Published on: 9/10/2019
Tags: Time management Writing tips Reading tips Good to know Beginning students Graduate students

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Channel your inner librarian

Librarians are experts at identifying and describing sources. Take a cue from them when adding items to your reference management software! Our latest blog post shows you how to add difficult reference types using examples from Citavi.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 8/27/2019
Tags: Citation Reference management

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How to select a reference management program

It’s not easy to find just one pair of shoes that’s right for every occasion. The same is true for reference management software – one size does not fit all. To help, we've compiled a list of nine questions you can ask yourself to find the best possible software for your needs.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 7/2/2019
Tags: Good to know Reference management

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Three studying tips

Want to stop pulling all-nighters right before your exam? In our latest blog post, we share three tips for how you can study more effectively throughout the semester, remember information better long-term, and be less stressed going into your test.

Created by: Jana Votteler – Published on: 6/4/2019
Tags: Beginning students Task management Good to know

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