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The Graduate School requires consistency of style, correct grammar,
and, to the extent possible, idiomatic English. Additionally, the
Graduate School enforces conformance to various style elements such as
interline spacing, margin size, bold face and italics in titles, and
consistency of references. Fortunately, mathematicians and
computer scientists have the TeX
system available. With LaTeX, the computer will automatically
typeset formulas, tables, figures, text, and titles in a particular
style. Furthermore, the University of Louisiana's LaTeX
style file can be common to all theses typeset with LaTeX for the
University of Louisiana, with material particular to one's dissertation
in a generic plain-text form. That generic material can be sent
to any of the vast majority of mathematics journals, and the journal
will be able to professionally typeset the material in the
journal's style, with little or no alteration (that is,
with much less work than otherwise), simply by substituting
the journal's style file for the U.L. thesis style.
An extremely useful capability within the LaTeX system is BiBTeX
With BibTeX, one obtains or creates a database of references.
This database is in a flexible order, and specifies the type of
reference (book, journal article, etc.), title, author, and other
information, along with a short key. One cites these references within
the LaTeX file by inserting the key corresponding to the desired
reference at the desired citation point. BiBTeX then
automatically typesets a list of references, in a specified order, and
with a consistent style (e.g. book titles all italicized, all
references with consistent capitalization and punctuation). If
you cite additional references later, BiBTeX renumbers the references
for you, both where they are cited and in the reference list.
Furthermore, there are many BiBTeX databases on-line, and one can often
use these directly, without having to actually type the references into
a database. Nelson
large collection of BibTeX databases
Although LaTeX is not hard to use to typeset an article or
dissertation, modification of style files requires a bit more technical
LaTeX is distributed under a free
although not all "front end" text editors used to compose the material
to be processed by LaTeX are free. (My favorite free editor is Texmaker
while a good non-free editor for MS Windows, for which the Mathematics
Department has sufficient licenses, is WinEdt
is a popular front end editor for Macs.
use of LaTeX
(By the way, TeX, Tau-Epsilon-Chi, is pronounced "Tek" as in
"tech"nical, according to its author Donald Knuth. LaTeX,
"lay-tek", is meant to be "layman's TeX".)
To comply with Graduate
School Guidelines (click here to see these guidelines)
we produced a University of Louisiana at Lafayette style file.
Graduating Mathematics Ph.D. candidates have altered it in recent years
to comply with changing Graduate
. The most recent version has been posted
in April, 2017, . Click
here to get a *.zip file containing the LaTeX source files, to be used
as a template, and UL thesis class
, as well as the *.pdf document
produced from these source files. (You can replace the humorous
commentary by your dissertation material.) To produce the PDF yourself,
do the following:
- Extract the *.zip file.
- Run LaTeX.
- Run BiBTeX.
- Run LaTeX again, twice.
(Steps 2, 3, and 4 can often be done with one or two buttons on a
front-end editor such as Texmaker.)
For Further Assistance
A comprehensive reference to LaTeX is available online here as a Wikibook
There are pitfalls to use of LaTeX, and it takes longer to become
expert in it than systems that do less for you and produce less
professional results. However, most problems are easily resolved,
and people should feel free to ask. Please email me
or consult with your other favorite TeX guru, if you have
questions. Various faculty members in the Mathematics Department
are well versed in LaTeX. Also, be sure to contact me if
there are errors or needs for clarification on this web page.