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Academic writing in LaTeX


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Academic writing in LaTeX

  1. 1. Academic Writing in LaTeX Daniele Di Mitri TELI academic writing week 5-9th December 2016
  2. 2. How does it look? Pagina 2
  3. 3. Why LaTeX? Pagina 3
  4. 4. Short history • In 1978 a famous computer scientist Donald Knuth disappointed with the quality of his The Art of Programming series invented a new typesetting system called Tex • Around 10 years later, he released the first version of Tex,, which gave extremely fine-grained control of document layout. • By the mid-80s Leslie Lamport created a set of macros that abstracted away many of the complexities, by for example separating content and style in the document. • This extension became LaTeX. Onderwerp via >Beeld >Koptekst en voettekst Pagina 4
  5. 5. How to pronounce LaTeX • Knuth wrote in his book, TeX derives from Greek τεχ (art, technology) and is usually pronounced teck • Lamport added that LaTeX can be pronounced either as lah-teck or lay-teck Onderwerp via >Beeld >Koptekst en voettekst Pagina 5
  6. 6. Is LaTeX the right choice? • YES if: – You type a lot of equation – You don't want to bother with formatting documents • NO if: – You want to control every graphical aspect of whole document – You need to exchange documents with non-LaTeX people Pagina 6
  7. 7. How to use LaTeX? Windows OS: TeX Live, MiKTeX Editors: Texmaker, LEd Mac OS: MacTeX* Editors: TeXStudio*, TexShop Pagina 7 LOCALLY REMOTELY *personal preference No installation requiredneed to install TeX Distribution & Editor ShareLaTeX* OverLeaf collaborate like GDoc
  8. 8. Some definitions • Command: starts with ‘’ e.g. tableofcontent • Argument: required for some commands e.g. title{this is title} • Environment: block of code between begin{…} and end{…} Pagina 8
  9. 9. Sectioning Pagina 9
  10. 10. Figures & referencing Pagina 10 begin{figure}[p] centering includegraphics[width=0.8textwidth]{chicken} caption{Awesome chicken} label{fig:chicken} end{figure} Fig. 1 Awesome chicken Positioning command: p=next-page, h=here, t=top, b=bottom Filename of the figure (without file extension) To reference the chicken just do ref{fig:chicken}
  11. 11. Tables Pagina 11 |c|c|c| means 3 columns with centered content
  12. 12. Footnotes & Lists Pagina 12 • To add a Footnote: footnote{write here} • To add a bullet list: begin{itemize} item First point item Second point end{itemize} • To add a numbered list: begin{enumerate} item First point item Second point end{enumerate}
  13. 13. Bibliography Pagina 13 • The references go into a separate file with extension .bib • References have this format: @book{freire2000pedagogy, title={Pedagogy of the oppressed}, author={Freire, Paulo}, year={2000}, publisher={Bloomsbury Publishing} } • These snippets can be found on Google Scholar or Mendeley (right click on the entry > Copy As > BibTeX entry) • To cite this work simply do cite{freire2000pedagogy} Citation key
  14. 14. Further info Pagina 14 • To learn more about LaTeX • Several anomalies normally happen with LaTeX, a common place where to lookup for solutions is
  15. 15. Exercise time! Pagina 15 • Go to • Search for APA journal • Open it in ShareLaTeX, register if you have to • Your goal is to: – Write an abstract – Add a picture – Add a table – Add few references • These slides are available at