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LaTeX: Home

This topic guide was created to complement the Introduction to LaTeX workshop conducted by the Library and point users to resources and tips related to using LaTeX and Overleaf.

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Introduction

Welcome to the LaTeX LibGuide!

LaTeX is not a program by itself, it is a document preparation system. Using LaTeX requires a series of tools. Acquiring them manually would result in downloading and installing multiple programs. To get started without needing to install anything, you can use a web-hosted service. Overleaf is an easy to use online LaTeX editor with integrated rapid preview.

Why should you use LaTeX?

  • LaTeX was built to handle typesetting of complex mathematical formulas
  • Many publishers ask authors to provide LaTeX source of their article or book.
  • Thousands of templates for all purposes (presentations, resumes, thesis, posters, etc)
  • LaTeX editor's have many options and features to format documents
  • It is an industry standard
  • LaTeX is much faster (Word processors become very sluggish when you insert many (high quality) pictures. With LaTeX its fast since a separate text editor is used and the document is displayed as a pdf.

Use the Overleaf online tutorials to explore and self learn LaTeX.