A LaTeX template for CSC Master's theses which conforms to the guidelines given by the graduate education department.
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CSC Thesis Template

A LaTeX template for CSC Master's theses which conforms to the guidelines given by the graduate education department.

How to Use

Most files have examples on how they should be used inside of them. I've compiled this handy checklist below which outlines what you need to do to start writing (besides overcoming the overwhelming mountain of things you'd rather be doing).

  • Update the frontmatter.tex file. This is where all the basics are defined, your thesis title, your name, your committee members, etc.
  • Start writing chapters! Every chapter goes inside of the chapters folder and should be imported in the chapter-outline.tex file using the \include{chapters/your-chapter} syntax. This makes reordering chapters a breeze! (Trust me, you'll do it)
  • Drop all of your fancy graphs into the figures folder for safe keeping
  • Got some appendices? You're covered, same idea as with chapters, but using appendix-outline.tex and the appendices folder instead.
  • Write your abstract in abstract.tex. That's it. The template takes care of all the formatting for you.
  • Don't forget to thank your parents! Fill in acknowledgements.tex.
  • Be sure to cite your sources in bibliography.bib. If you use Google Scholar to find your sources, it will provide you with bibtex output under the "cite" option.

ShareLaTeX

Want to take your thesis writing to the cloud?!?! Or, you know, don't want to install the ~3GB girthy monstrosity that is LaTeX on your pristine machine? Use ShareLaTeX.

I used ShareLaTeX to write my thesis and only experienced two days of downtime! I also didn't kill myself!

-- Andrew Guenther, Cal Poly CSC Graduate

Questions?

If you have a general question about LaTeX, I would recommend you do a Google search first and check out the TeX Stack Exchange. If you have a question specifically about this template and its use, feel free to submit an issue using the "question" tag.