California Institute of Technology (Caltech) on Overleaf

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Overview

Caltech Library is providing free Overleaf Pro accounts for all students, faculty and staff who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their projects.

Overleaf is designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing your research papers and project reports much quicker for both you and your collaborators. Overleaf can also be linked to other services such as Mendeley, Git and Plot.ly to best fit into your workflow.

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Quick Start

Welcome to the Caltech quick start guide to Overleaf. We've put together some useful resources and links in the sections below, and if you have any questions about how to get started please let us know and we'll be happy to help!

For Students

Try out the Overleaf editor with built in tutorial

If you'd like to dive straight into the editor, simply click the button to create a new paper using our quick-start template. A short tutorial will walk you through the main features to quickly get you started.

 

Browse the Overleaf template gallery

You can find a selection of featured templates, or check out our full template gallery for more ideas and inspiration.

 

Take our free course to quickly master the LaTeX essentials

If you're new to LaTeX, we've put together a free online course to help you learn the basics. If you have never used LaTeX before, or if it has been a while and you would like a refresher, this is the place to start.

 

For Researchers

Find a journal template

Through our partnerships within the publishing community, we provide a selection of academic journal templates for articles and papers. These templates automatically format your manuscripts in the style required for submission to that journal.

 

Edit in Rich Text mode or directly in LaTeX

Overleaf provides and intuitive and easy-to-use manuscript editor (our rich text mode), which is especially useful if you or your co-authors aren't familiar with writing in LaTeX.

 

If you prefer to edit directly in LaTeX, you can! Overleaf provides a full collaborative online LaTeX editor you can switch to at any time.

 

Submitting your articles to journals, repositories and more

You can also submit your paper directly to a number of journals and other editorial and review services via the publish menu in the editor. Simply open the publish menu from any document and follow the appropriate 'Submit to ...' link.

 

For Teachers

Publishing your projects in the Overleaf gallery

A quick way to share your course templates or lecture notes is to publish them in the Overleaf gallery. You can publish any project from Overleaf to the gallery in just a few clicks.

 

Setting up your class

Simply click the button to set up a group on Overleaf for your class. You'll then be able to add students to your group by email address.

 

Using the Overleaf assignment creation & submission tools

Once you've set up your class (see above), this video shows you how to create and distribute assignments to your students.

You can also read a quick guide to the assignment tools on our blog.

 

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Help & FAQs

Who should I contact if I have questions about Overleaf or the Caltech license?

Please use our contact form and we'll make sure your question gets to the right person in our team. You can also direct Caltech-specific questions to Gail Clement, Head of Research Services at Caltech Library.


I'm new to Overleaf, how should I get started?

We've put together a short How do I use Overleaf help page to give you pointers on exactly that :)


I downloaded the updated Caltech thesis template from Overleaf but when I try to compile it gives me an error. How can I fix this?

The first thing to try is updating your LaTeX packages, in case you're running older versions. We've tested the template on MikTeX 2.9 and TeX Live 2015 on our local computers, and the compilation went through without errors for both.

If that doesn't resolve the problem, please let us know your LaTeX distribution's versions and send us your .log file via our contact form and we'll take a look for you.


How do I upload an existing LaTeX project into Overleaf?

Here's an FAQ on how to import existing LaTeX documents into Overleaf.


What packages does Overleaf support?

Overleaf supports the packages listed here.


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