Short Titles, Citations, and Citation Keys

Short Titles Help Identify a Reference in a Citavi Project.

Every new reference you enter in Citavi is given a short title used to identify it within a project. Citavi automatically generates a short title for every reference, but you can change it at any time. Citavi creates the short title following this model: "Bawden 2001 - Information and Digital Literacies". The last name is first, followed by the year of publication, then a dash, and then the first few words of the title. To change the short title, you can double-click it, or you can hover the mouse pointer over the short title that appears just below the toolbar and then click Edit. Type the new short title and then click OK. The Citavi short title is not intended for use in your formatted paper.

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Click the short title and then click the pencil icon. Alternatively, on the References menu, click Change short title.

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On the Short Title window, type the new short title and click OK.

In-text Citations are Used to Identify a Reference Cited in a Publication

Citations are used in your paper to cite references whose full bibliographic information is given in the bibliography. Typical in-text citations might look like the following, depending on the style you are using: (Bawden 2013) or [23].

Citation Keys Allow you to Display a Cited Reference in a Shortened Form

There are two reasons why you might use citation keys:

For both of these types of citation styles, Citavi offers the Citation Key feature. In the chapter Customizing citation keys you can learn more.