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Getting Started with LaTeX

LaTeX is a typesetting program useful for mathematical and scientific writings or publications. This guide provides an overview of how to get started with LaTeX, as well as resources and exercise to help new users of the program.


LaTeX is a very powerful program with a huge number of features.  The aim of this page is to introduce some helpful resources for new users or for more experienced users looking to dive deeper into LaTeX capabilities.

Online Resources

More Website LaTeX Guides

An introduction to TeX - A website from the Harvard mathematics department that overviews both the TeX and LaTeX environment

A Beginners Guide to LaTeX - A short guide from Princeton university

The Not so Short Introduction to LaTeX2e - A 160+ page PDF that outlines many of the core functionalities of LaTeX

Websites for LaTeX Commands and Symbols

The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List - A more than 300 page document of LaTeX symbols

LaTeX Command Summary - A summary of symbols and commands in LaTeX

LaTeX Resource Website

LaTeX Wikibooks - A great resource for LaTeX related questions

TeXample - Contains packages for creating graphics in LaTeX also has a forum 

LaTex Forums