Information on the Typesetting System LaTeX

LaTeX (pronounced „Lah-tech“ oder „Lay-tech“, to rhyme with „blech“) has been developed to embed mathematical and chemical formulas in scientific texts in a typographically appealing way. LaTeX is also used in the Humanities and Social Sciences now.
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LaTeX is not a word processor working by the principle of what-you-see-is-what-you-get. In fact, after installation, macros are called via pertinent, easy-to-learn commands in order to set the text with them. The system can be installed on various operating systems free of charge and is operated via an editor or at command line level.

Quick introduction to the typesetting system LaTeX. Handout for the training for download:

Online tutorial for beginners (TU Graz):

LaTeX-project page:

Start page to the software download (open source):

Please make sure that you also install TeX Live, preferably a full distribution (exept MiKTeX). With MiKTeX, missing packages are installed on-the-fly if necessary.

sorted by relevance for the start:

  • Dilip Datta: LaTeX in 24 Hours. A Practical Guide for Scientific Writing, Cham 2017, ebook, ISBN 978-3-319-47831-9 – Download via the University Library license
  • George Grätzer: More Math Into LaTeX, 5. ed., Cham 2016, ebook, ISBN 978-3-319-23796-1 – Download via the University Library license
  • Stefan Kottwitz: LaTeX Cookbook. Over 90 Hands-on Recipes for Quickly Preparing LaTeX Documents to Solve Various Challenging Tasks, Birmingham 2015, ISBN 978-1-78439-514-8, Shelfmark: Ft 800 L351 K87 – Vaihingen location

Literature in German Language:

  • Herbert Voß: Einführung in LaTeX, 3. corr. ed., Berlin 2017, Shelfmark: Ft 800 L351 V969/2(3) – Vaihingen location
  • Matthias Kalle Dalheimer/Karsten Günther: LaTeX kurz & gut, Heidelberg 2008, ISBN 978-3-89721-542-9  (8,90 Euro)
  • Markus Kohm: KOMA-Script. Eine Sammlung von Klassen und Paketen für LaTeX 2ε, 7., rev. ed. for KOMA-Script 3, Berlin 2020, ISBN 978-3-96543-103-4
  • Herbert Voß: Bibliografien mit LaTeX, 3., corr. ed., Berlin 2017, ISBN: 978-3-86541-813-5, Shelfmark: Ft 800 L351 V969/4(3) – Vaihingen location
  • Marco Öchsner/Andreas Öchsner: Das Textverarbeitungssystem LaTeX. Eine praktische Einführung in die Erstellung wissenschaftlicher Dokumente, 1. ed., Wiesbaden 2015, ebook, ISBN 978-3-658-09503-1 – Download via the University Library license
  • Joachim Schlosser: Wissenschaftliche Arbeiten schreiben mit LaTeX. Leitfaden für Einsteiger, 6. ed., Frechen 2016, Shelfmark: Ft 800 L351 S345(6) – Vaihingen location

In the training the basic principles of LaTeX are explained using examples. The participants will get an overview of installation and setup of the system, document types, possibilities of structuring the text, and literature online and in the University Library.

The training is particularly suitable for those who

  • work with formulas (mathematics, chemistry),
  • want to create more complex documents (bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral theses),
  • get LaTeX templates from the publisher,
  • want to create typographically appealing documents,
  • wish to explore alternative ways of writing.

For participants who want to install LaTeX on their laptop before the training, it is recommended to use a full LaTeX installation. It is not required for the training, however, to use your own laptop and LaTeX installation.

Duration: approx. 90 minutes

Please note that this training can only be offered in German.



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