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Your feedback is valued and the suggestion, at least in part, will be used improve these workshops. Here are improvements that I was able to make based on student suggestions.

  • More about what LaTeX is in wksp 1
  • Much unknown terminology in wksp 1 (Added Glossary and Typesetting Diagram)
  • More installation information
  • Cover more operating systems
  • Start with distributions differences, less on the editors
  • Make separate handouts describing the basics of each editor
  • Show code differences between class files in wksp 2
  • Provide extra practical examples for wksp 2
  • Give tables and figures their own workshops
  • Make a working example to describe LaTeX features (wksp 3)
  • Give tables and figures their own workshops
  • Give a sideways table example 
  • Give an example of a table and figure side-by-side
  • Provide more equations commented out in wksp 6
  • Cover .bib file before .tex file in wksp 7
  • Give a .tex file using major bib. styles for future use (wksp 7)
  • Make code available for workshop handouts
  • Make code available for the tex files used by the instructor in class

The Point of the Workshop Series

This workshop series was created to enable attendees to create a LaTeX article from start to finish. LaTeX is an extremely powerful typesetting system with superior equation support; however in many ways, there is more of a learning curve with LaTeX than with proprietary word processing software.

Expert coding skills are not required. However, the better that you are at writing code, then the faster you will understand LaTeX. Anyone can learn. You just need practice and experience.

There are great resources available for beginners and a glossary to help with the new terminology.

Workshop 1, Finding, Installing and Using LaTeX Software

Want to get started with LaTeX, but are unsure of how to get the software? Attend this workshop.

After successfully completing this workshop, you will be able to

Before attending a workshop, please

  1. Log into Springboard with your UAnet ID and password
  2. Once in the LaTeX Workshop Course, select Content from the main menu, then "Finding, Installing and Using LaTeX Software"
  3. Take pre-quiz W1 (Don't look anything up.)
  4. Answer the Permission for a Research Study question

Workshop 2, Using Document Classes and Packages for your Journal - Preamble and Document Structure

Want to learn more about publisher provided document classes and packages? Attend this workshop.
After successfully completing this workshop, you will be able to

If you are bringing your computer to Workshop 2, you MUST

Before attending a workshop, please

  1. Take the Post-Quiz W1. You can look up anything that you want before answering the questions because I want this to simulate how you will use LaTeX in real life.
  2. Take Pre-Quiz W2 (It will be very fast – just yes or no questions.)
  3. Download the workshop files needed for class. Please save the files to the same directory. If I am providing you a computer at the workshop, download these files to your zipspace.

Workshop 3, Writing a LaTeX Article - The Basics

Ready to write the body of your Article using LaTeX? Attend this workshop.
After successfully completing this workshop, you will be able to

Before attending a workshop, please

  1. Take the Post-Quiz for the previous module. You can look up anything that you want before answering the questions because I want this to simulate how you will use LaTeX in real life.
  2. Take Pre-Quiz for this module (It will be very fast – just yes or no questions.)
  3. Download the workshop files needed for class. Please save the files to the same directory. If I am providing you a computer at the workshop, download these files to your zipspace.
  4. Run latex or pdflatex on the base.tex file to install all the packages needed.

Workshop 4, Writing a LaTeX Article - Using Tables

Do you have tables in your LaTeX article? Attend this workshop.

After successfully completing this workshop, you will be able to

Before attending a workshop, please

  1. Take the Post-Quiz for the previous module. You can look up anything that you want before answering the questions because I want this to simulate how you will use LaTeX in real life.
  2. Take Pre-Quiz for this module (It will be very fast – just yes or no questions.)
  3. Download the workshop files needed for class. Please save the files to the same directory. If I am providing you a computer at the workshop, download these files to your zipspace.
  4. Run latex or pdflatex on the base.tex file to install all the packages needed.

Workshop 5, Writing a LaTeX Article - Embedding Figures

Do you have images in your LaTeX article? Attend this workshop.

After successfully completing this workshop, you will be able to

Before attending a workshop, please

  1. Take the Post-Quiz for the previous module. You can look up anything that you want before answering the questions because I want this to simulate how you will use LaTeX in real life.
  2. Take Pre-Quiz for this module (It will be very fast – just yes or no questions.)
  3. Download the workshop files needed for class. Please save the files to the same directory. If I am providing you a computer at the workshop, download these files to your zipspace.
  4. Run latex or pdflatex on the base.tex file to install all the packages needed.

Workshop 6, Writing Formulas for a LaTeX Article

Do you have equations in your LaTeX article? Attend this workshop.

After successfully completing this workshop, you will be able to

Before attending a workshop, please

  1. Take the Post-Quiz for the previous module. You can look up anything that you want before answering the questions because I want this to simulate how you will use LaTeX in real life.
  2. Take Pre-Quiz for this module (It will be very fast – just yes or no questions.)
  3. Download the workshop files needed for class. Please save the files to the same directory. If I am providing you a computer at the workshop, download these files to your zipspace.
  4. Run latex or pdflatex on the base.tex file to install all the packages needed.

Workshop 7, Using BibTeX

Do you want to include references in your LaTeX article? Attend this workshop.

After successfully completing this workshop, you will be able to

Before attending a workshop, please

  1. Take the Post-Quiz for the previous module. You can look up anything that you want before answering the questions because I want this to simulate how you will use LaTeX in real life.
  2. Take Pre-Quiz for this module (It will be very fast – just yes or no questions.)
  3. Download the workshop files needed for class. Please save the files to the same directory. If I am providing you a computer at the workshop, download these files to your zipspace.
  4. Run latex or pdflatex on the base.tex file to install all the packages needed.