Selecting a Citation Style

Should citations appear in the text or in footnotes? The citation style you select determines how citations look. Make sure you choose the appropriate citation style type before you begin inserting references or knowledge items into your Word document. You can change a style at any time, but the position of your citations cannot be changed later on.

  1. On the Citavi ribbon, click the name of the currently selected Citation style.
  2. Click Add citation style.
  3. Enter the name of the citation style in the Name field or use other criteria to search for a style that fulfills your requirements.
  4. Select the desired style and click Apply.


Word's performance depends to a large extent on which citation style you are using. Some footnote styles need to compare each new reference to all the others before and after it, for example, those that insert cross references to other footnotes, those that use abbreviations for repeated authors, and those that suppress certain reference types in the bibliography.
If you would like to increase performance speed in the Word Add-In you have three options. On the Options menu, clear the "Apply citation style formatting automatically" checkbox or you can temporarily select the "No bibliography" option. Or, you can work with a simple footnote style while writing your paper. Later on you can switch to the more complex style.