Recently a coworker started using LaTeX and asked for some tips. Here’s my 6 tips for starting to use LaTeX:

- Start what you finish (i.e., close environments or else you get errors or weird bugs), for example \begin{equation} needs an \end{equation}
- Every document needs 3 things: \documentclass{<class>}, \begin{document}, and \end{document}
- For equations, use \( \) inline and \begin{eqnarray} \end{eqnarray} equations. \\ creates a new line. Use \\ \nonumber to continue on an equation and &=& to space multiple equations for example:
<code>\begin{eqnarray}a &=& b +c \\a & =& b \\ \nonumber& & c\end{eqnarray}</code>Gives you something like:a = b +c (1)a = b
c (2)

- Bib files are your friend for citations. Use Google Scholar to populate new citations.
- \textit{My italics text}, \textbf{my bold text}, should get most of your formatting. Do NOT use the depreciated {\bf bold} or {\it italics} style. (cf http://tex.stackexchange.
com/questions/41681/correct- for more details on the second point)way-to-bold-italicize-text - {} can be very helpful, especially for complicated math functions, when order of operation is important. For example, \sigma_{\pi^2}^{2}