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Sources of Inspiration
These are not so much references as exhibits. They represent one way of answering the questions, "why use TeX?" and "what else can TeX do?".
edited by Gerben Wierda
by Peter Flynn
Free to use but distribution for profit only by arrangement
A publicity brochure for LaTeX.
See Electronic References for books available primarily in electronic format.
Many of the links below could very easily change over time, so please update broken links if you can. Further, we encourage our readers to buy books directly through the TUG books page. If you jump from there to the Addison-Wesley/Pearson site and order a book about TeX --- many good ones are there, including Kopka & Daly, and the updated LaTeX Companion --- then you'll get a 30% discount! Furthermore, the TeX User's Group (TUG) gets a decent percentage of the purchase price. This will go towards support of TeX and TeX Development projects, so you win twice over. That said, this only works well in some locations (and many of the links for purchasing here only work for a single locality) because of shipping. For worldwide searching on prices, try Europe AddAll. Other recommendations are Everything Linux in Australia, or the usual Amazon.com or Barnes and Nobles in the US if you can't find something at the TUG site. In Europe, try amazon.de, amazon.fr, and amazon.co.uk. If you know of good alternatives in Europe, please add them to this list.
Leslie Lamport, LaTeX: A Document Preparation System, 2nd Edition, Addison-Wesley, 1994. ISBN: 0-201-52983-1
- Core LaTeX coverage by the developer of LaTeX 2.09. This edition of his text has been updated to cover the current version, LaTeX 2ε (22:57, 27 October 2008 (UTC)).
LaTeX is essentially extensible and hundreds of packages exist to serve a wide variety of purposes. The next section includes general introductions to LaTeX. These offer an alternative to Lamport's coverage since they introduce the most commonly used core LaTeX commands, in addition to providing coverage of some of the many available packages. Later sections include books aimed at more specialist audiences. Some of these, such as Grätzer's Math into LaTeX also introduce commonly used core commands but the additional packages they cover make them especially useful to users working in particular areas. Others may be most useful to users with some knowledge of LaTeX who wish to learn more about the packages and facilities available for specific purposes such as the use of graphics or LaTeX for the web.
Giffiths, David F., and Higham, Desmond, J., Learning LaTeX, SIAM, 1997. Distributed by Cambridge University Press outside North America. ISBN-13: 9780898713831, ISBN-10: 0898713838
Helmut Kopka and Patrick W. Daly, A Guide to LATEX, 4th Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2003. ISBN-10: 0321173856, ISBN-13: 978-0321173850
- A general introduction to LaTeX and selected extensions and packages. Suitable for users working in a wide variety of fields. Accessible but also useful to more experienced users.
Frank Mittelbach, Michel Goossens, Johannes Braams, David Carlisle, and Chris Rowley The LaTeX Companion, 2nd Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2004. ISBN: 0-201-54199-8
- Covers many of the extension packages available for LaTeX. This book is not suitable for beginners as it does not cover core LaTeX at all. It is aimed at users with some knowledge of LaTeX who wish to explore some of the possibilities offered by the many packages available. These packages make it easy to change the look of your documents without learning the internals of LaTeX.
Graphics in LaTeX
Michel Goossens, Sebastian Rahtz, and Frank Mittelbach, The LaTeX Graphics Companion: Illustrating Documents with TeX and PostScript, Addison Wesley, 1997, ISBN 0201854694.
This handy reference describes techniques and tricks needed to illustrate LaTeX documents, and answers common user questions about graphics and PostScript fonts. It provides the first full description of the standard LaTeX color and graphics packages, and shows how you can combine TeX and PostScript capabilities to produce beautifully illustrated pages.
Mathematics in LaTeX
George Grätzer, First Steps in LaTeX, Birkhauser, 1999. ISBN-10: 0-8176-4132-7, ISBN-13 978-0-8176-4132-0
- An introduction aimed at those needing to typeset mathematics.
George Grätzer, More Math Into LaTeX, Springer-Verlag, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0-387-32289-6, e-ISBN: 978-0-387-68852-7.
- This is the new edition of Grätzer's Math Into LaTeX, originally published by Birkhauser.
- The emphasis here is two-fold: Part I, Short Course, is a succinct introduction to the basics of LaTeX. The rest of the book is a thorough discussion of how to typeset (and present) mathematics. This is the only book treating the AMS enhancements in depth; as a result, the AMS recommends this book to its authors (Barbara Beeton in Algebra Universalis 59 p. 8).
- See also Math Into LaTeX, 4th edition for excerpts and samples available electronically.
The World Wide Web & LaTeX
Michel Goossens, Sebastian Rahtz, Eitan M. Gurari, Ross Moore, and Robert S. Sutor, The LaTeX Web Companion: Integrating TeX, HTML, and XML, 1999, Addison Wesley, ISBN 0201433117.
This book shows how you can publish LaTeX documents on the web. LaTeX was born of the scientist's need to prepare well-formatted information, particularly with pictures and mathematics included; the web was born of the scientist's need to communicate information electronically. Until now, it has been difficult to find solutions that address both needs. HTML and today's Web browsers deal inadequately with the nontextual components of scientific documents. This book, at last, describes tools and techniques for transforming LaTeX sources into web formats for electronic publication, and for transforming web sources into LaTeX documents for optimal printing.
The following are available at CTAN or elsewhere. URLs change and documents are updated so it's best to go there for the latest. If you can't find them, please try your favourite internet search engine and don't forget to update the link here so others can find it easily.
A broader list can be found here. Note that all packages have documents specific to them, so they aren't listed here. Their location is generally given in the README file. Documentation can most often be found for a specific package by either LaTeXing the .dtx file or reading documentation inside the .sty file. More on how to install packages for your TeX installation is available with its own documentation.
by Michael Downes
A broad overview of TeX, its history, and other resources.
See also Getting Started
by PRAGMA ADE
Tons of documents.
Explanation and demonstration of why LaTeX is superior. Specifically to Word.
A Beginner's Introduction to Typesetting With LaTeX
by Peter Flynn
by Tobias Oetiker
Included in TeX Live.
Selected translations are included in MacTeXtras.
by Nicola Talbot
Provides a wide variety of documentation as well as links to resources elsewhere.
- LaTeX for Complete Novices
- LaTeX for Administrative Work
- Using LaTeX to Write a PhD Thesis
- Creating a PDF Document using PDFLaTeX
- Converting LaTeX .sty Style Files to LaTeX2HTML .perl Style Files
- Creating Technical Posters with LaTeX
- Creating a LaTeX minimal example
See also LaTeX for Logicians
Mathematics in LaTeX
by George Grätzer
Samples are public domain
Excerpts are freely distributable
Samples for and excerpts from the author's book Math Into LaTeX, 4th edition. Includes a "Short Course" suitable for beginners - especially those learning LaTeX in order to typeset mathematics.
See also LaTeX for Logicians
Logic in LaTeX
by Peter Smith
Certainly not just for logicians. It includes documents and links under the following headings:
- General info:
- For the curious
- Getting started
- Learning more
- Math mode
- A better LaTeX class: memoir
- More fonts
- Which fonts?
- unLaTeXing: preparing documents for conservative audiences who expect your work to look as though you used Word.
- For logicians:
- Logical symbols
- Layout for theorems, etc.
- Setting out formal proofs
- Diagrams for logicians
- Problem sheets
by Michael Doob
Freely distributable only if unmodified
by Paul Abrahams, Kathryn Hargreaves and Karl Berry
Open source (GFDL)
TUG and CTAN
Sites provided by the TeX User's Group and Comprehensive TeX Archive Network.
These are the main web sites for TeX. The TeX User's group web page is the platform-wide central information repository for TeX. It has links to a wide variety of resources.
CTAN is where it's all (mostly) distributed. Some very useful additions to the standard LaTeX2e distribution can be found on CTAN (in addition to TeX implementations for almost every computer platform ever made and much more).
Graham Williams' TeX Catalogue provides an overview of all packages available on CTAN. If you are looking for a package that serves a particular purpose you might like to have a look into the Topic Index.
A wealth of resources are located on the TUG India pages.
There is a lot out there, but the following list of sites has about everything you would ever need (or links to it), whether you are a beginner or an old pro. You would be amazed what you can discover from these sites.
A (La)TeX encyclopedia with lots of useful information about TeX and LaTeX, including many links to documentation and introductions to LaTeX. Worth a look, but no longer appears to be maintained.
I(GG) realize that this is not Mac specific, but I(GG) found a nice page with some excellent tips and tricks on LaTeX floats. I(GG) think this page is particularly helpful for those people who are frequently surprised and frustrated by LaTeX's placement of floats.
Includes documentation for each LaTeX command, amongst other things.
This is a guide to the LaTeX markup language. It is intended that this can serve as a useful resource for everyone from new users who wish to learn, to old hands who need a quick reference.
by Maria Chernenko
An online catalogue of equations for direct copying and pasting into your LaTeX document. This could certainly be a helpful starting point for a novice learning how to type equations in LaTeX.
A group blog by philosophers for philosophers but with material of potential interest to a wider audience.