Adding Indirect Quotations (Purple Highlights)

Use indirect quotations if you want to reformulate the main ideas of an important text passage in your own words. If you just want to refer to a text passage without having to formulate a paraphrase, use the red highlighter. If a text passage is a longer section or chapter, create a Summary instead.

Select Text and Create an Indirect Quotation

  1. Use the text selection tool to select the text you want to highlight: Icon: Textauswahl-Werkzeug
  2. Click the purple Indirect quotation icon: Icon: Indirektes Zitat
  3. Citavi inserts a new quotation that only contains a core statement. Citavi generates the core statement automatically using the first few words in the selection. You should ideally change the core statement to better reflect your understanding of the text passage.
  4. Enter a paraphrase of the original text in the Text box. If you use any terms or exact wording from the original text, set it off in quotation marks.

The purple highlight on the left margin of your PDF document shows you the text passage that is linked with the indirect quotation.

Deleting Purple Highlights

  1. Right-click the purple highlight in the margin.
  2. On the shortcut menu, select Delete.
  3. Citavi asks, if you also want to delete the linked item.
  4. Select what you want to delete and click OK.