LaTeX is a widely used document creation software which can help you improve the presentation of homework, papers, academic articles and even presentations. It produces perfectly formatted equations, allows for the easy integration of multiple files, and can make creating bibliographies easy. In this workshop, we’ll teach you how to get started in TeX, and provide you with templates and code that you can use going forward. Specifically, this workshop will cover:
- Setting up and compiling your LaTeX document
- Creating lists
- Using math mode
- Creating tables and figures
- Exporting well-formatted tables from Stata/R to LaTeX
- Footnotes and references/bibliographies
Prior knowledge: A basic understanding of computer use will be assumed; the workshop will discuss using Stata and R, but you’re welcome to attend even if you’ve never used either (and without having either installed on your computer).
Technology requirement: Please bring a laptop with LaTeX installed!
To install LaTeX, you’ll need to install two separate softwares – 1) a distributor and 2) a writing environment. For the distributor, your options are:
The files are quite large for most of these; I recommend tackling the installation somewhere with a strong wifi connection. All three are completely free. For the writing environment, please install:
There are versions available for all major operating systems. You are welcome to come early to the workshop if you need any help with installation.