Reference management

Keep track of your references

Reference management programmes are ideal for helping you to collect and manage bibliographic information easily. They enable you to export title data from specialist databases and library catalogues, insert literature citations into your own work, and automatically create a reference list.

Say adieu to total paper chaos, lost citations and painstakingly created bibliographies!

Important note

Due to the current situation, workshops in the library are unfortunately not possible at the moment. Instead, we offer regular webinars on Citavi and Zotero.

We can also advise you on your individual questions (on site and virtually). Simply book your personal appointment via our consulting service TIBgefragt:

You can also reach us by e-mail: literaturverwaltungtibeu



Leibniz Universität Hannover has purchased a campus licence for Citavi, and enables its members to use the licensed literature management programme for free. 

  • Download Citavi from and install the programme.
  • Open a Citavi account with your LUH e-mail address to use the full version and work with cloud projects.   
  • Open Citavi and click on the login icon in the start window. Enter your access data for the Citavi account. The license information is now recognized automatically.

If you have previously worked with an older version of Citavi and now want to upgrade to Ciatvi 6, you will find all important new features here:


Zotero is a user-friendly, platform-independent reference management program that you can use for free on your personal PC, notebook or tablet.

Further information

Other reference management programmes

The University Library of Technische Universität München provides a comparison of various reference management programmes. You can find the latest information about software and services concerning individual reference and knowledge organisation on the information and communication platform Reference Management.

The tools listed below are available free of charge, and can be used on all operating systems:

  • BibSonomy - for managing scientific publications and bookmarks
  • Mendeley - for managing, commenting on and citing PDF files offline and online, also with BibTeX
  • BibTeX - BibTeX information provided by Constance University Library