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The UK TeX Users Group is organising another introductory LaTeX course on April 15th, 2011 in Cambridge.

**Using LaTeX to Write a Thesis**

This course is aimed at beginners and will cover a range of topics connected with writing a dissertation in LaTeX, including:

- Installing LaTeX for the first time
- Creating a document
- Document structure
- Graphics
- Managing a bibliography with BibTeX

**Registration**

The course only costs £10, so I imagine places will be taken very quickly.

To register, e-mail Joseph Wright <joseph.wright@morningstar2.co.uk> and include:

- Your completed UK-TUG membership form as an attachment (a year’s membership is included in the course fee)
- Details of your LaTeX experience (if any), including which operating system you use
- What your general subject area is (to help plan the course content)

**Useful Links**

Full details of the course and more information about booking conditions are posted here: http://uk.tug.org/2011/03/12/latex-training-course-15th-april-2011-cambridge/

What you need:

- A computer to install the LaTeX on.
- A LaTeX editor. This is the piece of software you will use to write your LaTeX files and to generate a final PDF output.
- Somewhere to save all your files.
- Patience.

**Installing LaTeX**

LaTeX comes in several flavours – they all effectively do the same job. Some are specific to certain platforms (Windows/Mac/Linux/etc.).

**MikTeX**

I work on Windows and use MikTeX. To download this, go to http://miktex.org/. As of today, the latest stable version is MikTeX 2.7. Click on the link to this under ‘Downloads’ in the navigation bar. You will then find a page with simple installation instructions.

**Useful links**

- Installing LaTeX on a Mac – http://guides.macrumors.com/Installing_LaTeX_on_a_Mac
- General guide to installing LaTeX from CTAN (Comprehensive TeX Archive Network) – http://tug.ctan.org/starter.html

**University of Cambridge PWF Machines**

According to the Cambridge University Computing Service pages, LaTeX and TeX are installed on the Windows PWF machines. For details, see http://www.cam.ac.uk/cs/pwf/pclist.html.

The Engineering Dept. has a useful webpage about LaTeX: http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/help/tpl/textprocessing/.