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LaTeX for Professional Publications

Learn the basics of generating quality publications that effectively showcase your talent and skills.
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Created by Toni Farley
Last updated 8/2013
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What Will I Learn?
Learn the basics of creating a document in LaTex
Be able to import and layout graphics
Manage citations and references with biobliographies and bibligraphy styles
Format and number graphics, tables, and sections
Create well formatted mathematical equations, algorithms, and proofs
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Requirements
  • You must be able to download and install software on your computer
Description

This course is open to anyone who wants to learn how to create a professional quality, typeset publication. In addition to improving the aesthetic quality of your work, LaTeX users benefit from automating many of the tedious processes involved in writing a professional publication.

LaTeX allows you to manage references, figures, tables, footnotes, formatting, mathematical equations, algorithms, scientific proofs, and more in a programmatic fashion that provides benefits far exceeding that of word processing software.

Need to format a paper for a specific venue? Many academic journals and conferences provide LaTeX Style files (.sty) for correctly typesetting your submission. With one line of code, you can modify your publication to match the style of many leading academic publishing outlets.

Not writing a paper? LaTeX can also be used for books, reports, technical and business documents, screenplays, resumes, letters ... anything you want to write!

The course uses tools that are freely available online for Mac (Linux) and Windows users. Templates are included for download to get you started.

Who is the target audience?
  • LaTeX beginners: no previous typesetting or programming experience required
  • Specifically geared to academic writers, but useful to anyone who wants to create professionally typeset documents
  • Graduate students, especially in math and science fields
  • Academic researchers
  • Anyone who writes!
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 22 Lectures Collapse All 22 Lectures 03:07:04
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Getting Started
5 Lectures 23:40

What is LaTeX? And why I learned LaTeX and think it's awesome.

Preview 04:38

Setting up a LaTeX environment on Mac or Linux.

LaTeX environment on Mac (Linux)
02:45

Setting up your LaTeX environment on Windows.

LaTeX environment on Windows
01:38

Here, you can download completed TEX files, but you should create the documents yourself by following the tutorials, and typing along with them. You will however, want to use lecture5.tex to complete the next lecture.

Download sample files
01:46

In this lecture you will typeset a document and learn about the different files created when LaTeX runs. Be sure you followed the instructions in Lecture 4 to download the file you need for this lecture.

UPDATE: The Udemy app automatically changes the underscore in the course graphic file name to a dash. So, after you download it, you will need to change that back, the correct file name as shown in the video is "course_graphic.pdf"

Typeset your first document
12:53
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Creating a New Document (.tex)
3 Lectures 29:22

Creating a new LaTeX document from scratch.

This document is available for download (see Lecture 4), but it is highly recommended that you create it on your own while following this lecture.

Preview 13:16

Your LaTeX editor likely came with some template files you can use when creating a new document. This lecture will look at a couple of those files, and discuss their content.

Using a template
03:58

Basic text and paragraph formatting in LaTeX.

This document is available for download (see Lecture 4), but it is highly recommended that you create it on your own while following this lecture.

Basic formatting
12:08
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Lists, Tables and Graphics
3 Lectures 42:54

Creating different types of lists in LaTeX.

This document is available for download (see Lecture 4), but it is highly recommended that you create it on your own while following this lecture.

Different types of list structures
13:19

Create tables, the tabular environment, floats, and references.

This document is available for download (see Lecture 4), but it is highly recommended that you create it on your own while following this lecture.

Working with tables
15:58

Create figures with the graphicx package, and the floating figure environment.

You will need to download the figures attached to this lecture to complete this tutorial. The TEX document is also available for download (see Lecture 4), but it is highly recommended that you create it on your own while following this lecture.

Working with graphics
13:37
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Bibliography (.bib and .bbl)
2 Lectures 21:59

Use BibTeX for bibliographies, citations, and references.

The TEX and BIB files from this lecture are also available for download (see Lecture 4), but it is highly recommended that you create them on your own while following this lecture.

BibTeX: References and citations
16:53

You can find a number of useful applications for managing your references and BIB files. This is the one I use.

Bibliography tooltip: Mendeley export
05:06
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Elements in Science and Mathematics
2 Lectures 16:09

Using mathematical symbols and equations in LaTeX.

This document is available for download (see Lecture 4), but it is highly recommended that you create it on your own while following this lecture.

Mathematical symbols and equations
09:10

Creating pseudocode in LaTeX.

This document is available for download (see Lecture 4), but it is highly recommended that you create it on your own while following this lecture.

Algorithms and pseudocode
06:59
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Managing Packages and Style Files (.sty)
2 Lectures 13:16

We review two of the packages we've used throughout this course, and add one more!

Be sure to download the PDF attached to this lecture, and find the TEX file used to create it in your materials downloaded from Lecture 4.

Working with packages
04:39

Many journals provide STY, CLS, and/or BST files to typeset your document following journal guidelines. Here we look at the IEEE Trans CLS.

Using .sty files
08:37
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Advanced Topics
3 Lectures 34:11

Learn new concepts to enhance your tables and figures.

You will need to download the figures attached to this lecture to complete this tutorial. The TEX document is also available for download (see Lecture 4), but it is highly recommended that you create it on your own while following this lecture.

More on Floats: Graphics and Tables
20:19

You can separate your work into multiple files, and integrate them in a single LaTeX document. This lecture covers the process.

Preview 04:51

Different ways to manipulate typesetting output from packages to redefining commands.

This document is available for download (see Lecture 4), but it is highly recommended that you create it on your own while following this lecture.

Manipulating and Redefining commands
09:01
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Next Steps
2 Lectures 05:33

We review some additional resources for continuing your LaTeX education.

Be sure to download the PDF attached to this lecture, and find the TEX file used to create it in your materials downloaded from Lecture 4.

Things you might want to learn
03:15

Thank you for taking this course, and I hope you learned a lot and enjoy using LaTeX!

Happy TeXing!
02:18
About the Instructor
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Computer Scientist and Bioinformatician

Dr. Farley has 10 years of experience in information science, including 3 years in information and systems security research, 4 years teaching university courses in data management, and 3 years performing data integration and knowledge management in the biomedical domain. Her prior related experience includes 8 years of business management and accounting, with 2 in the health insurance industry.

Her accomplishments include 22 publications, numerous presentations, an AT&T Labs--Research Graduate Fellowship, a university grant award for learner-centered course redesign, and successfully directing a study abroad internship and learning program in South Africa on technology in a transitional society.

She is currently a Bioinformatician II in the Center for BioIntelligence at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Additionally, she maintains Faculty Associate positions in computer science and informatics at Arizona State University (ASU), and is on the executive committee of her local International Test and Evaluation Association chapter (AZITEA).

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