Slides for an introductory course on LaTeX. The slides and their LaTeX source code are provided in this github repository under a permissive MIT license.
The aim is to get students writing in LaTeX as quickly as possible. The material is presented as a set of examples, and broader concepts and techniques are explained as they arise. Each part includes exercises that can be completed on Overleaf, the free online LaTeX editor, so you don't have to worry about getting LaTeX and related tools installed on everyone's computers.
These slides were originally used to deliver two two-hour workshops, but there is probably enough material for three workshops, so there are three parts:
The Basics: ideas, syntax, equations, environments, packages
Structed Documents & More: titles, sections, cross-references, figures, tables, bibliographies.
Not Just Papers: Presentations & More: recap exercise, presentations with beamer, drawings with tikz.
Feel free to use however you like --- contributions welcome!
You may need to install some extra LaTeX packages and system packages in order to build the slides yourself.
The minted package provides syntax highlighting. It is installed by default in recent versions of TeX Live.
The minted package calls out to the pygments syntax highlighter, which is written in python. The relevant package is python-pygments in Debian / Ubuntu (
sudo apt-get install python-pygments).
There is a simple
Makefilethat manages the build. To use it, you'll probably need to be on Linux, and you will need
The slides include links to exercises that open in Overleaf. The exercise
source files are hosted on github. If you want to use exercise files in another
location, you can fork this
github repository and then change the
\fileuri macro in
so that instead of pointing to
jdleesmiller/latex-course, it points to
your-github-user-name/latex-course. Then, once you've pushed your changed
exercise files to github, the slides will load them up in Overleaf.
deploy-to-gh-pages.sh script builds the slides using the Makefile and
copies the slides over to the
gh-pages branch, which is available at
https://jdlm.info/latex-course thanks to
The slides and source are released under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file.
- Diana A -- found that exercise links had broken
- Sana A -- pointed out an error in part 1
- Andy Roberts -- an earlier version of this course used an image from one of his articles
- Ruby Trinh -- for organising the original short courses