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Writing a thesis with LaTeX

Lapo Mori


This article provides the tools to write a thesis with LaTeX. It analyzes the typical problems that arise while writing a thesis and suggests solutions, mainly referring to existing packages. Many suggestions can also be applied to other kinds of document such as a book and a journal article.

Lapo Mori is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA). He started using LaTeX in 2003 while working on his B.S. thesis and has been an enthusiastic user since then. He became a member of GuIT (Italian TUG) in 2003, an administrative member in 2003 and the vice president in 2007. He was among the founders of Ars TeXnica in 2006, the first Italian journal on TeX and LaTeX, and has served as an editor since then. You can reach Lapo at

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