TeX Tips and Resources

[NEW 6/19/2015] Getting Started with LaTeX

A collection of resources and links to get started with LaTeX.

Introduction to TeX/LaTeX (pdf file)

A short overview of TeX and LaTeX, based on a presentation given in Fall 2007 to new graduate students at the UIUC Mathematics Department.

Introduction to LaTeX

A three hour introduction to the (very) basics of Latex. Self-guided, but it would be useful to have a reference, such as Gratzer's "Math into Latex", handy.

LaTeX Tips

This is a home grown collection of tips for using Latex more efficiently and avoiding common mistakes. The tips are specifically geared towards typesetting mathematical articles. They also include some tips on good mathematical writing practices.
Top Ten List

Thesis style files (from Physics Department)

LaTeX style files for theses that conform to the requirements of the UIUC Graduate College. The files have been copied over to the departmental Unix network, so no additional installation is needed if you use one of the computers on the departmental Unix network.

To install the files on a personal computer, click on the latest version (2009) in the "Download templates" section of the above page, unzip the file, and follow the instructions on the above page for installation.

General TeX Resources

Online books, tutorials, and reference works


While one could certainly learn TeX/LaTeX entirely from online materials, anyone serious about learning TeX should buy a book. It is a worthwhile investment that will likely be useful for a long time. Unlike books about commercial software which become obsolete as soon as a new version comes out (who would want to buy a book on Windows 95 today?), TeX is a stable system, and books on TeX have a long half-life. There are dozens of books on TeX, but here is a short selection:


Last modified: Fri 19 Jun 2015 11:10:12 AM CDT A.J. Hildebrand