University of Bath

Getting started with LaTeX: an introductory course for doctoral students

LaTeX is a typesetting language, used extensively in academia and the publishing industry, which enables the efficient production of complex documents

About the course

LaTeX is a typesetting language, used extensively in academia and the publishing industry, which enables the efficient production of complex documents. It is especially good at typesetting mathematics, and keeping track of figures and references. LaTeX is easy to learn and become proficient in. It is customisable through defining new commands and macros.

This course, run over three days, will introduce you to the basics of LaTeX up to being able to use the University and journal styles for publication. The course will be delivered in part using the online tool overleaf.com and in part using the preinstalled software on the university PCs.

Workshop 1: Introduction to LaTeX

The first workshop will cover setting up basic documents and using the key structural elements such as sections and cross referencing. It will enable you to familiarise yourself with LaTeX, and give you the skills needed for the second workshop.

Tuesday 22 January 2019 | 14:00 - 16:00
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Workshop 2: Using more advanced features of LaTeX

This workshop builds upon the first, introducing a GUI text editor that is installed on University PCs in order to show you how to use LaTeX to write documents on your own computer. It will move on to using more technical features of LaTeX including environments that allow images, lists, tables, mathematics, and basic bibliographies to be created with ease.

Wednesday 23 January 2019 | 14:00 - 16:00
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Workshop 3: Writing complex documents in LaTeX

This final workshop will explore how to use LaTeX in an efficient productive manner. It will look at how to structure documents into different sub-files, using bibliography management and importing style-files to produce documents and reports in the style of journal articles or a University of Bath thesis.

Thursday 24 January 2019 | 14:00 - 16:00
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Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will:

  • be able to typeset and control key LaTeX environments
  • understand the use of packages to control document style elements
  • know how to use style files to typeset to specific thesis and journal styles
  • be familiar with good practice and proper LaTeX work-flow for efficient best practice
  • be aware of a range of online resources to support your use of LaTeX
  • use LaTeX to produce high-quality documents and to write a thesis that follows the University of Bath style guidelines