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What is \(\LaTeX\)?
\(\LaTeX\) (usually typeset LaTeX and pronounced lay-tek or lah-tek) is free and open-source document markup language built on another typesetting system called \(\TeX\). LaTeX was created with the intention of simplifying the creation of attractively-formatted books and other documents, especially books that contain a lot of mathematics.
How can I Use LaTeX?
Making a document using LaTeX follows these general steps:
- Downloading and installing a TeX distribution (and editor)
- Writing a .tex file using a text or LaTeX editing program
- Compiling the file into a readable document
Getting the most out of LaTeX will also require the installation of LaTeX packages. These are small, open-source additions to a TeX distribution that add functionality or features.
Why Use LaTeX?
Below are a few links discussing the benefits of learning to create documents in LaTeX and a comparison of LaTeX to apps like Microsoft Word.
Wayne State University Theses and Dissertations in LaTeX
WSU LaTeX Dissertation/Thesis Template on GitHub
The above GitHub Repository contains a template for writing your dissertation or thesis in LaTeX. It has already been set up to adhere to the graduate school's guidelines
as closely as possible. Please note that it is not an official template and is currently being maintained by Clayton Hayes
, so feel free to contact him with any questions. A .zip
file containing the template can be found below: