You can learn LaTeX on your own, but you don’t have to

We will be hosting a two-part LaTeX series this month at the Library. Professor Ahmad Haidar, Biomedical Engineering, has once again generously offered to facilitate the workshops. He will dedicate five hours to helping you learn LaTeX, from the basics of creating documents to adding figures, citing references, writing and aligning mathematical formulas.

This year we have chosen to use Overleaf over the texmaker editor. Overleaf is browser-based so it should eliminate the technical issues with installation of software, but it also has several features that drew us in. The variety of templates available is a huge plus. For example, you can start writing in the style of a particular academic journal, or select a poster, or presentation template. We will take a look at the integration with citation management software, including Mendeley and Zotero, during the workshops. We will also highlight the collaborative features of Overleaf, such as the ability to share and comment on documents.

When: November 27 + 29, 10:30 am – 1 pm

Where: McLennan e-Classroom, McLennan Library Building

How to register: Sign up separately for Part 1 and Part 2

If you would like some help getting started with LaTeX, register asap. These will fill up quickly. It is free to sign up for Overleaf so give it a try, and be sure to let us know what you think. I would also recommend consulting the LaTeX Wikibook whenever you get stuck writing a particular command. It has helped me numerous times.

April Colosimo


April Colosimo is a librarian at the Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Engineering. She is one of many McGill liaison librarians that are available to meet with you and help you succeed in your studies.

Banner image from Overleaf.

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