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Provided by: University Information Services - Digital Literacy Skills

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LaTeX: Introduction to Text Processing For Scientific & Technical Publications


LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system; it includes features designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation. LaTeX is the de facto standard for the communication and publication of scientific documents. It is available on Unix, Windows and Macintoshes.

When would I use LaTeX instead of Microsoft Word? For scientific and technical documentation/thesis and when submitting articles to Journals that require LaTeX.

Target audience
  • All current University members (departments and colleges)
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available

Basic computer skills i.e. familiarity with using a keyboard and mouse. No prior knowledge of TeX will be assumed but some familiarity with Unix will be useful for following the demonstrations.

Topics covered
  • Introduction
  • Structure of a LaTeX document
  • Structure of LaTeX commands
  • Characters in LaTeX
  • Text - sectioning, titles, footnotes and marginal notes
  • Environments, poetry, lists and tabular data
  • Cross references and simple bibliographies
  • Floating blocks
  • Defining new commands and changing fonts
  • Simple diagrams in LaTeX
  • Mathematical aspects

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LaTeX on MCS Macintosh


Two half day sessions

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