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4. Writing up your Research: Latex

Latex Files

These files are designed for the University of Canterbury Electrical and Computer Engineering Masters Thesis Template

Otago Computer Science LaTex Template

University of Otago also provide a template for their Computer Science department

University of Waikato Mathematics Latex Files

University of Waikato Mathematics and Statistics Departmental LatTex styles


Latex Project

LaTeX – A document preparation system

LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system; it includes features designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation.

LaTeX is the de facto standard for the communication and publication of scientific documents. LaTeX is available as free software.

What is LaTex?

LaTeX is a set of macros (or macro packages) built on top TeX. TeX is an advanced typesetting system which was majorly developed by Donald Knuth. TeX is mainly popular because of its ability to handle complex technical text and in displaying mathematical formulae. LaTex, was built by Leslie Lamport in the 1983. LaTeX commands are basically a set of TeX commands being compiled underneath.

In short, it is a document preparation system which is predominantly used for technical or scientific writing and publishing.

LaTex guidelines

The University of Canterbury does not have any official LaTex style guide, each department may have different requirements.  If your supervisor requires you to write your thesis using LaTex, then the expectation is for them to inform you of their guidelines.


Latex editors can be downloaded from the University PCs using the Microsoft Software Centre

Apple can download LaTex editors from the Apple Store or from

  • TeXMaker
    Features-rich, supports RTL, comes with advanced editing tools and project management workflow tools.
  • TeXstudio
    TeXstudio is a fork of TeXMaker with more tools and customisation options. It inherits all the features and functionalities of TeXMaker with addition to many other features for writers and researchers.
  • Lyx
    LyX is a word and text document processor which combines LaTex with WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. It's built for creating mathematically-rich and structured documents.
  • MacTex
    Simple yet powerful LaTeX/ TeX editor. It's built exclusively for macOS, distributed as a lightweight package.


Helpful guides

Who to Contact

Dave Lane

Phone: +6433693903
Internal Phone: 93903


Overleaf is an online, collaborative LatTex editor

A free version is available work solo. Half price student plans are available to work with up to 6 collaborators.


Latex Editors