California Institute of Technology (Caltech) on Overleaf

Overview

Caltech Library is providing free Overleaf Professional accounts for all students, faculty and staff who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their projects. Overleaf Professional accounts provide real-time track changes, unlimited collaborators, and full document history.

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 reference managers 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.

 

Demonstrating auto-compile error handling to your students

Auto-compile helps users new to LaTeX to find errors in their syntax quickly and easily, and encourages them to fix them as they go, to produce clean, error-free documents.

 

Show your class how to turn on track changes for review (Overleaf v2 only)

Overleaf v2 offers an impressive collection of new and upgraded collaboration features, and your institutional subscription provides all users with access to the powerful track changes feature.

 

Intro Videos

Featured LaTeX Templates

Caltech Thesis LaTeX Template (with logo)
Caltech Thesis LaTeX Template (with logo)
This is the official Caltech Thesis LaTeX Template for 2016, provided by Overleaf and the Caltech Library. To start writing your thesis, simply click the 'Open as Template' button above. If you have any questions before starting your thesis, it is recommended to read the Caltech Library thesis guide. This version of the template includes the Caltech logo on the title page. If you wish to remove this logo, you may do so within the template, or by starting from this version. To download this template for use offline, please click here and save the zip file to your computer. For more information on using Overleaf, and to claim your free 10GB upgrade to Overleaf Pro through the Caltech institutional license, please visit the Caltech portal on Overleaf.
Kathy Johnson (Caltech) and Lian Tze Lim (Overleaf)
Caltech Thesis LaTeX Template (without logo)
Caltech Thesis LaTeX Template (without logo)
This is the official Caltech Thesis LaTeX Template for 2016, provided by Overleaf and the Caltech Library. To start writing your thesis, simply click the 'Open as Template' button above. If you have any questions before starting your thesis, it is recommended to read the Caltech Library thesis guide. If you wish to include the Caltech logo on your title page there is the option to do so within this template, or you may simply start from this version. To download this template for use offline, please click here and save the zip file to your computer. For more information on using Overleaf, and to claim your free 10GB upgrade to Overleaf Pro through the Caltech institutional license, please visit the Caltech portal on Overleaf.
Kathy Johnson (Caltech) and Lian Tze Lim (Overleaf)
Caltech Beamer Template (NEW)
Caltech Beamer Template (NEW)
This is the new version of Caltech Beamer Template. The old version used the Caltech Seal, which was not permitted for non-official use any more.
Jian Shi
A quick guide to LaTeX
A quick guide to LaTeX
Know the LaTeX command you want to use but can't remember how to write it? Here we present a great tips sheet produced by Dave Richeson; it's pre-loaded in Overleaf so you can see how the commands work instantly. Simply click on the button above to open a version in Overleaf for editing (and to quickly copy and paste the commands you need!). For more comments visit this page on Dave's site, or if you'd like to work through a fuller introduction to LaTeX why not check out our free online course?
Example by Division by Zero
The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List
The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List
Source: https://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/info/symbols/comprehensive This has been uploaded to Overleaf by Lian Tze Lim To search the document for the desired symbol, it is easiest to download the PDF from Overleaf and use a local PDF viewer, or to visit: http://texdoc.net/texmf-dist/doc/latex/comprehensive/symbols-a4.pdf
Scott Packin (uploaded by LianTze Lim)

FAQ & Help

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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