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About Litlink

Litlink is a highly efficient knowledge management system for scholars of history, of cultural studies, and the social sciences.  Litlink enables the sophisticated and detailed management and linking of data in the following areas:

  • Literature (monographs, anthologies, journal articles, complete works, ancient prints, etc);
  • Archives (files, letters and other forms of correspondence, journals, legal sources, etc);
  • Pictures (in all shapes and forms);
  • People (authors, historical figures, corporations, individual networks);
  • Periodicals (newspapers, journals, magazines, series…);
  • Audiovisual media (audio recordings, videos, films, etc.);
  • Websites (with source codes);
  • Events (anything from birthdays to the French Revolution…);
  • Places (first identified and then visualised using Geographic Information System [GIS] Data); and
  • Physical objects (artefacts in every form)

Litlink categorises the data in (inter alia) index tabs and projects; it displays all data in an associative manner, making the various links between the data visible at a glance. Litlink enables the planning and organisation of the scientific work process through to the composition of rough drafts connected with “projects”, as well as the display and export of data in a great variety of pre-formatted quotation styles.

All Litlink data are continually verified and synchronised with data on the Internet. Bibliographical data can be taken directly from library catalogues.  In addition, Litlinkweb enables the synchronisation of local data with a personalized web-application, making it possible to work with Litlink on the web as well as locally.

Litlink was developed by Philipp Sarasin, History Department, University of Zurich, Peter Haber, History Department, University of Basel and Nicolaus Busch, N. Busch GmbH, Uster/Zurich. Litlink is subject to continuous improvement.

Litlink is free of charge and can be run on both Windows and Mac-OS computers.  It is available in German, English and French.


User feedback: “Ingenious literature management program!  A fantastic help in the preparation of longer papers in Humanities subjects – especially historical assignments.  The induction period is short, and the indexing and networking associated with work of this kind become unimaginable without Litlink...” ( [26.3.2008])

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