Virginia Tech Libraries is providing free Overleaf Pro accounts to all VT 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.
Claim your free 10GB Pro account on Overleaf by signing up (or signing in) below. You'll need to verify a Virginia Tech email address in order to receive your free Pro account.
Please note that VT is providing this opportunity to all students, faculty, and staff for a trial period of 1 year (2017). During the trial year we will occasionally ask you to tell us how Overleaf is working for you. Your feedback will be critical if we are to continue our partnership with Overleaf beyond 2017 so let us know what you think!
Welcome to the Virginia tech 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you need technical support while working on any Overleaf projects, please use our contact form and we'll make sure your question gets to the right person in our team. You can also pass along any feedback you have regarding Virginia Tech’s Overleaf trial to Peter Potter, Director, Publishing Strategy, University Libraries.
We've put together a short How do I use Overleaf help page to give you pointers on exactly that :)
Overleaf supports the packages listed here.