Using IEEE for your research

Previously you could search the IEEE database from within Citavi without logging in. Since the provider is no longer offering this type of direct access, you must now enter a key to search IEEE from within Citavi. You can get this key for free from IEEE as long as your university, library, or organization has a subscription to the IEEE database.

  1. Check your library website or ask a librarian to see if you can access IEEE through a subscription.
    If no subscription is available, see the alternative near the bottom of this FAQ article.
  2. Go to
  3. Fill out the registration form.
  4. Confirm your email address.
  5. You will be redirected to the IEEE page. There, click "Apply for access to the API".
  6. You will be prompted to register your application. There you can enter the following:
    • Name of your application: Citavi
    • Web Site:
    • Please describe what your application will do: I use Citavi for my research.
    • How did you hear about the IEEE Xplore API? Citavi Blog
    • With what Company/Organization are you employed/affiliated? Name of your university, library, or organization
  7. Click Register Application.
  8. Copy the key. Usually, the key will be 24 characters long and contain letters and numbers.
  9. It can take a few hours until the key is activated. You will receive an email from IEEE. Make sure to retain the email for your records.
  10. Start Citavi.
  11. Perform your search in IEEE.
  12. A login window appears. Enter your key in the Password field and select the option to save the access information.

If you are logged in to Citavi 6, Citavi will save your access information in your Citavi account. This lets you perform an IEEE search on all computers on which you are logged in to Citavi 6.

Alternative: Importing from IEEE in your browser

  1. Open
  2. Perform your search.
  3. In the header, select the option to see 100 results per page.
  4. Enable the Select All on Page checkbox.
  5. Click Export.
  6. On the Citations tab, select the RIS format and the option Citation & Abstract.
  7. Click Export.
  8. A text file with the .ris file extension will be downloaded.
  9. Double-click the .ris file.
  10. Accept the UTF-8 character encoding suggested by Citavi.
  11. Change the sequence of the names to first name last name.
  12. Click Next to start the import.

Open the next page of results in the browser and repeat steps 4-8 and 11.

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