Searching Freely Available Information Resources

Research databases, library catalogs, and bookseller catalogs are some of the most important resources you can use to search for scholarly information.

Many bibliographic databases are restricted to subscribers. Colleges, universities, companies and other organizations buy subscriptions to provide their users access to subscription databases. User authentication is used to verify that you are entitled to access. See Subscription Databases for more information.

To get started, we recommend adding the following online resources:

Your university or public library
Use it to search for books you want to borrow.

A large shared catalog or national library catalog such as WorldCat, the Library of Congress, or the British Library.
This type of catalog helps you discover what books have been published on a given topic. Obtaining the book is not necessarily the primary goal.

Research databases that are pertinent to your subject matter and that your university or company has subscribed to.
These help you find relevant articles in scholarly journals and contributions in edited books and conference proceedings.

Selecting Online Resources for Online Search

1.In the Reference Editor on the toolbar, click Online search.

2.Click Add database or catalog.

3.Use the search fields to narrow the list of online resources:

If you know the name, enter it in the Name field.

To restrict the list to databases from a specific information provider, select it from the Provider (e.g. EBSCO or OvidSP) menu.

To restrict to a subject area, select it from the Subject area menu.

4.Select the checkboxes of the online resources you want to add, then click Add.

5.Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have selected all the information sources that interest you.

6.Click Close.


If the online resource you're looking for isn't available in Citavi, you can suggest that we add it. Please submit a request.

Removing Online Resources

1.In the Reference Editor on the toolbar, click Online search.

2.Select the checkbox next to the name of the online resource you want to remove.

3.Click the Delete icon.