WriteLaTeX for Research
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Guest blog post by Mikhail Klassen

When I started graduate school in 2009, I was looking for a good way to keep track of my research progress. I knew it was very important to keep a research notebook, but I didn't know what was the best way of doing this.

In 2010, I started compiling regular notes in a special folder on my desktop. Before long I needed a system to organize them all. A system eventually came together, but it wasn't perfect. Worst of all, I couldn't share my system very easily with others. People saw my LaTeX research diary system, mumbled “That’s cool”, but only a few other geeks started using it.

In 2012, I discovered WriteLaTeX, which changes everything.

Klassen Research Diary Screenshot
WriteLaTeX for Education

Following requests from a number of our users, we've put together a short page describing some neat ways you can use writeLaTeX as a teacher or lecturer with a class full of students.

At the simplest level, you can create links to open your TeX resources (such as assignments or course notes) in writeLaTeX, but the possibilities don't stop there.

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Create password-protected documents on Overleaf

With protected projects (available as part of Overleaf Pro), you have greater control when sharing your documents with collaborators and reviewers.

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Publish to figshare with Overleaf (formerly WriteLaTeX)
By John Hammersley

We're delighted to announce that as of today you can now publish your Overleaf projects directly to figshare!

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This is part of our drive to help improve open science and open access to research; figshare is designed to allow researchers and students to publish all of their research outputs in an easily citable, sharable and discoverable manner.

Free online 'Introduction to LaTeX' course - Part 2

One of the founders of writeLaTeX (Dr John Lees-Miller) recently delivered a short introductory LaTeX course at Bristol University. We're pleased to be able to offer this course online at writeLaTeX for free!

The first two parts cover four main areas with accompanying exercises:

  • The Basics
  • Structured Documents
  • Figures & Tables
  • Bibliographies

In Part 1 posted on the 25th February, we covered the basics of how LaTeX works. If you completed the typesetting examples you should now understand how to construct the basic elements of a LaTeX document.

In this part we'll cover the topics you need in order to be able to create a complete paper, report or article using LaTeX.

Intro to LaTeX Part 2 Cover