Getting Started with LaTeX
LaTeX is the standard for typesetting mathematical material.
Virtually all mathematical books and professional mathematical
articles are produced with LaTeX. I use LaTeX for all class
handouts, worksheets, exams, and homework assignments. If you want
to create professional looking mathematical material for homework,
research reports, presentations, you should learn LaTeX. Here are
some links to get started:
Installing the TeX Software
To use LaTeX, you will need access to a computer with LaTeX installed
(for example, the Engineering Workstations), or download and install
a TeX distribution on your own computer.
Below are some links. All of these distributions are free; some are
large (e.g., the full version of MacTeX is 2.5G), so it's best to do
the download while you are on a fast Internet connection. All come
with extensive documentation, and the installation and set-up is
A three part, self-guided, short course to the (very) basics of LaTeX,
aimed at complete novices. It was originally created for students in my
2001 REU program. You should be able to get through the entire course in
Getting Started with LaTeX (David Wilkins).
An excellent first guide to LaTeX.
Math into LaTeX, Chapter 1.
A free online version of part of the book "Math into LaTeX" by George Gratzer
(which is the standard reference on mathematical LaTeX). A good stand-alone
introduction to LaTeX at the beginner to intermediate level.
The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX2e.
The classic free online text
on LaTeX. An excellent and thorough
introduction to LaTeX at the intermediate level.
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. Intended for those
already familiar with LaTeX.
Online tutorials by the Indian TeX Users Group.
A beautifully produced set of tutorials, and a great showcase of what
one can do with LaTeX.
The following links are excellent "quick guides" and "cheat sheets" that
include the most common commands and features of LaTeX on a single
sheet. Print out these sheets and have them next to you as you
are learning and practicing LaTeX. At the beginning you will
frequently run into situations where you don't know, or don't
remember, how to do something in LaTeX. Using these "cheat
sheets" is the quickest way to find the right command - much
quicker than searching online, or searching in a full-length book or
A quick guide to LaTeX (Dave Richeson).
This may be the best single-sheet reference on LaTeX for beginners.
It focuses on mathematical typesetting and covers nearly all the math
symbols and math constructs a beginner would normally need.
LaTeX cheat sheet (Winston Chang).
This guide focuses more on the document structure, and such things as
document classes, packages, fonts, tables, images, bibliographies,
etc., with less emphasis on mathematical typesetting. It is an
excellent complement to Richeson's guide; use both to
get the best of both worlds!
Presentations with LaTeX/Beamer
Beamer is the LaTeX version of PowerPoint, and the standard tool for
mathematical presentations. Below are some links on getting started with
beamer. Most assume some basic familiarity with LaTeX.
Additional Resources and Links
Presentations and Posters in LaTeX.
Links to tutorials and resources for Beamer, which is the LaTeX equivalent of
PowerPoint and the standard way to produce great-looking mathematical
presentations and posters.
A more extensive collection of TeX resources, primarily aimed at local (UIUC)
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