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Information on the open source formatting and typesetting program LaTeX.

What is LaTeX?

LaTeX (pronounced "lah-TEK") is an open source document typesetting program.  Users write in a markup language to describe how a document looks, then LaTeX applies the formatting based on those commands.

Commonly used when writing journal papers, theses, or dissertations, LaTeX can easily typeset mathematical equations, cross-reference figures, or change formatting from one column to two with a single argument.


Getting Started

You can download and install LaTeX to run on your personal machine, but the easiest way to get up and running quickly is to use a real-time online editor such as Overleaf.

LaTeX code on the left, live output on the right.


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