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LaTeX: Home


Welcome to the LaTeX LibGuide, which was created to supplement the workshop `LaTeX for research postgraduates', developed and offered by Dr K. Sakurai of the Center for Language Education. This workshop has been run by the HKUST Library in conjunction with the CLE since April 2017.

LaTeX is a free, powerful document preparation system which handles many aspects of thesis and article formatting for you; using LaTeX, you can:

  1. Automate chapter, section, figure, and table numbering; cross-referencing; tables of contents, indexes, and bibliographies;
  2. Easily format complex mathematical formulas and other discipline-specific diagrams; and
  3. Produce a professionally typeset thesis or article in a format that many scientific journals accept for submission.


This workshop focusses on getting started with LaTeX, including the following:

  • Introducing LaTeX and TeXmaker
  • Inputting basic/custom commands and special characters
  • Understanding document structure and classes (theses and articles)
  • Creating lists, tables, and footnotes
  • Cross-referencing
  • Using and installing packages
  • Importing images
  • Troubleshooting
  • Formatting mathematics
  • Introducing Beamer



[1] Diller, A. (1993). LaTeX line by line: tips and techniques for document processing. Sussex: Wiley.
[2] Kopka, H. and Daly, P. (1999). A guide to LaTeX. Essex: Addison-Wesley.
[3] Lamport, L. (1994). LaTeX: a document preparation system -- user's guide and reference manual (2nd edition). Reading: Addison-Wesley.

These books are all available in the HKUST library.


[1] TeX on Stackexchange: < >
[2] CTAN (Comprehensive TeX Archive Network): < >
[3] Beamer theme matrix: < >


Dr K. Sakurai



The materials above are representative of the most recent LaTeX workshop. As new versions become available -- which add new content or correct minor errors -- they will be added.

Current version:

Ver. 5.1: 9 and 23 November 2018

Previous versions (no longer available):

Ver. 5: 9 November 2018

Ver. 4 & 4.1: 13 April 2018

Ver. 3 & 3.1: 16 March 2018

Ver. 2 & 2.1: 13 November 2017

Ver. 1: 21 and 28 April 2017 [pilot]

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