Reference Management Support and Services at RWTH Aachen University


Reference management is an important and time-intensive aspect of academic work. Reference management programs are an effective aid. Whether alone or in a team, at your desk or anywhere via the internet, reference management programs allow you to maintain an overview, even of large amounts of data, and are always accessible.




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What do Reference Management Programs do?

  • Collect, organize, and edit references, complete texts, websites, and pictures
  • Research and comfortable data transfer from library catalogues, professional databases, and search engines
  • Generate bibliographies in different citation styles for theses, papers, proposals or documentation
  • Work together with word processing, automatic generation of a bibliography in the desired citation style in working papers

Citavi, EndNote and Zotero at RWTH

From the number of reference management programs available, the University Library supports the two market-leading, commerical systems Citavi and Endnote, as well as the free software Zotero, with various services:

Campus license Helpdesk Courses Citation Style Service
Citavi yes yes yes yes
EndNote yes yes yes yes
Zotero non-commercial yes yes no


What program is right for me?

The programs listed hardly differ from one another in their basic functions, but each has its own strength and weaknesses. Which one you choose, depends on the uses in your institute or the requirements of your own work. We are happy to advise you in person.