If your thesis involves technical or scientific writing in engineering, science, computing, mathematics, linguistics, philosophy, or humanities, you might be interested to learn more about LaTeX. Luckily, the AUT Library is onto it. They’ve just created a LibGuide (an information resource) for LaTeX users. You can find it here.
For the uninitiated, LaTeX is a free typesetting system for those whose work involves a lot of technical drawings, equations, or diagrams. If Microsoft Word is the programme of choice for text-heavy writing, then arguably LaTeX is the programme of choice for figure-heavy writing.
Due to overwhelming demand, Dr Alan Litchfield of the School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences has put together a thesis template designed specifically to conform to AUT thesis requirements. Check it out on the right-hand side of the LibGuide page. This template allows you to get started with LaTeX without having to do all the formatting work yourself, and there are some explanatory notes to help you get the most out of it.
If you have any feedback on the new LaTeX LibGuide, or suggestions for new content, get in touch with the Library team. They’re a friendly bunch!