Learning LaTeX can seem challenging at first, but with just a little practice it can become an easy and very powerful way to compose professional scientific documents. To help with the first steps, I have here provided a few screencast tutorials, latex source templates, and other resources. Hope this helps!
These screencasts are meant to be used alongside the appropriate .tex source files. All of the source files are compressed and available here. The first tutorial introduces the basic elements of LaTeX, explaining how the system works in general. The second tutorial goes over how to use the LaTeX homework template.
LaTeX Source Templates
These source templates can be used to get a running start to LaTeX. Each one features different elements of LaTeX or are useful in different situations. Two are meant to accompany the screencast tutorials mentioned above. One of them was a useful document I found online (citation included in the source document). You can view the compiled, pdf documents by clicking on of the links below. The corresponding .tex files can be downloaded here.
- Introduction Document
- Homework Template
- LaTeX Sample
- Sample Paper with Citations, Figures, and Tables
I have found these resources useful in the past.
- LaTeX Wikibook: This online textbook is a great reference on using Latex.
- LaTeX Cheatsheet: This “cheat sheet” gets passed along a lot. It is a useful, quick reference.
- Online LaTeX Equation Editor: This is useful for practicing or for when you want to quickly write an equation and save it as an image.
- Detexify Latex Handwriting Tool: This is a great tool. If you ever can’t find the right symbol, just draw it and this site will figure it out for you!
- Latex Flash Cards: If you are familiar with the flash card program Anki, I have created a shared deck here (and there’s another good LaTeX one here).