Defining Bibliography Formatting

Citation styles determine which components you need for bibliography entries. For books you usually need the first and last names of the authors, the title and subtitle (and possibly the series title) place of publication, publisher, and year of publication. For journal articles you almost always need to include the author, article title, the name of the periodical, the volume, and occasionally the issue number.


Even if you're using a footnote style that does not call for a bibliography, you should still define the Bibliography rule set, since Citavi uses this rule set for the feature Show current reference in citation style and for the Overview tab.

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Drag the components you want from the list of components to the Default template in the Bibliography rule set.

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Here's an example of how a fully-defined template might look for the Journal article reference type.

After that you would define each component more exactly and determine the punctuation for each component: Names of persons, dates, numbers (editions, volumes, issue numbers), page numbers, and periodicals. Define the punctuation between the components as a final step.

Please note

If you want the Abstract, Table of Contents or Evaluation fields to appear in your bibliography, please note that the Word Add-In is not able to output their contents. If you are using the Word Add-In, create a copy of the document with placeholders and then format it with Citavi. Alternatively, you can create a simple project bibliography or a grouped project bibliography directly from your Citavi project.