Reference management

What can you do with reference management software?

  • efficiently organise bibliographic information
  • create a personal literature database
  • import information from catalogues, bibliographic databases and the internet
  • insert bibliographic information into your academic work
  • create bibliographies

The campus license for Citavi will expire on 31st March 2024

We recommend switching to Zotero and have compiled information on the changeover for you.

KIM provides the following reference management software for free to university members:

Citavi Desktop and Citavi web

A licence can be used for all your personal computers and devices.
reference management and knowledge organization
Citavi Desktop works with Windows (sometimes with Mac, if certain requirements are met), Citavi Web is independent of the operating system.


The programme can be installed and used on a local computer.
reference management
works with Windows and Mac.

EndNote Online

The programme is web-based.
reference management
works with Windows, Linux and Mac.

Numerous other reference management software is also available.

Which programme is the right one for me?

  • A detailed comparison of reference management software is available from the library at the Technical University of Munich (pdf).
  • Our decision-making tool (pdf, german) shows you the main criteria you can use to decide which programme best suits your needs.
    Please note: The campus license for Citavi will expire on 31st March 2024.