Getting Started with LaTeX

By Kareem Carr

Here are a few good links for getting started with LaTeX:

First, there is the great What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) software Lyx, which is a good transition from your typical word processor to LaTeX.

I also like the package TeXnicCenter, which is really simple to install on a Windows machine and the documentation is particularly nice.

For introductory information, mathematics professor Ethan Bloch has a very comprehensive web page.

For more advanced tips in digestible chunks, I really love the Blog on Latex Matters.

And last but not least, let’s not forget the AMS.

These sites reflect what has worked for me. Please share what works for you.

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7 Responses to Getting Started with LaTeX

  1. Mariano says:

    Thanks! Do you have any links on “Mathematics grammar” or good practices when writing with equations?

  2. Kareem Carr says:

    I would recommend these:

    “A Primer of Mathematical Writing: Being a Disquisition on Having Your Ideas Recorded, Typeset, Published, Read & Appreciated” by Steven G. Krantz

    “How to Write Mathematics” by Norman E. Steenrod, Paul R. Halmos, Menahem M. Schiffer and Jean A. Dieudonne

  3. David says:

    For WYSIWYG, you can also try texmacs(

  4. Vishal says:

    Indeed, I use TeXnicCenter myself, and so far it has worked wonderfully for me.

  5. Patrick says:

    I learned using this excellent guide (google “Not so Short Introduction to Latex” to find it!) :

  6. Brian says:

    My favorite LaTex resource is the “Complete LaTex Symbol List”. Just search for it through Google, and it will be the first result. It’s a large PDF containing almost every symbol that you could ever want, well organized and with an excellent index.

  7. Diana says:

    I like the Wikipedia TeX markup page. If you are looking for the code for a certain symbol, you can search for the heading it would be under, or you can just scan down the page to look for the symbols. I keep it open every time I am using TeX.

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