Reference Management

Die Citavi-Campuslizenz endete am 30.09.

The campus licence for the Citavi reference management programme expired on 30.09.2023. The University Library and IT Services recommend the use of Zotero.

We will be happy to support you in switching to the reference management programme and will offer the same support for Zotero as you are used to from us for Citavi. If you have any questions about the two reference management programmes and the changeover, please contact literaturverwaltung.ub(at) or make an appointment with Ask-a-Librarian.

Reference management with Zotero

Zotero is a platform-independent software for reference management and knowledge organisation. Zotero is installed in all PC pools at the University of Bamberg.

Download and installation

Download and install Zotero. In order to synchronise your bibliographic database between devices and to be able to work on it in a team, you need to create a free Zotero account (Terms of sercive, Privacy policy). This is possible with any email address. If you only want to work locally, a Zotero account is not required.

There are numerous plugins to extend the functions of Zotero. The plugin for your word processing programme (Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, GoogleDocs) is automatically installed. For LaTeX, we recommend the Better BibTeX plugin.

Please also install the browser add-on Zotero Connector to save references and PDF documents directly from the browser to Zotero.


Storage settings and Data Protection

By default, Zotero stores bibliographic data and the associated PDFs in a local folder. We recommend using the IT-Service's file server (= network drive) for this purpose, so that you do not have to worry about backups of your bibliographic data.

Optionally, you can set up a free Zotero account to synchronise your literature data between different devices. This will require you to accept Zotero's privacy policy. With a Zotero account, you can decide whether you want to upload and synchronise the associated full texts in addition to the bibliographic data.

The University of Bamberg provides its members with unlimited Zotero storage space for this purpose. To claim this, you must add your university email address ( or in your account settings. You can create the account itself with a different email address.


Zotero provides a documentation and a helpful discussion forum.

You can contact the University Library's reference management team at literaturverwaltung.ub(at) If you have technical problems with Zotero, please contact IT Support.

For students and staff who have already had experience with the use of reference management programmes, the University Library provides assistance with individual questions and problems.

For example, we can help you

  •     when switching from Citavi to Zotero,
  •     with complex citations,
  •     in special cases of literature import and export,
  •     optimising knowledge organisation.

Arrange an appointment