Getting Started with LaTeX

Module created by April Cridland, University of Sussex and Rosh Sellahewa, University of Surrey:

There are many videos and reams of documentation on how to create documents in LaTeX. This fast track guide will have your thesis mapped out with tables, figures and bibliography swiftly and efficiently.

The huge benefit of using LaTeX is that it typesets text and equations professionally with very little input from the user. LaTeX also automatically re-numbers figures, tables and the contents page whenever the user makes changes. This makes LaTeX an invaluable and powerful tool when creating your thesis.

This course will also teach you how to export your bibliography from your management tool and import it into LaTeX, automatically numbering all your citations in the text. Once you have completed this course you will have the skeleton of your thesis with chapter headings, table of contents, list of figures, appendices and most importantly the bibliography. This course is intended to teach you the basics and some advanced features of LaTeX, it impossible to cover every aspect in one course.

This is a standalone course and does not assume any previous knowledge of LaTeX. It is suitable for a postgraduate at any point of their PhD or Masters. The course is presented as a step-by-step tutorial that can be pursued at the learner’s own pace.

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