Thesis in LaTex

I'm sure that I'm breaking some sort of pre-dissertation hazing that I should be going through right now, but I was wondering if any former grads who wrote their thesis in LaTEX (which should be everyone methinks) would be willing to share their style files and cover page with me? I've only submitted journal articles up to this point, using the journal style files, so things like a cover page, a table of contents and such are all very foreign. Surprisingly, I could not find any .tex copies of Dartmouth theses online.


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  1. I'd be happy to share. Y'all can hit me up via Gmail or private message me on Facebook.

    Gmail address is my first initial followed by my last name (all one word).

  2. Well, I was all ready to help and then you beat me to it Tim, nice work. Ryan, far from breaking any rules, you are adhering to the main grad student dictate which is to minimize unnecessary work.

    That said, I vaguely remember a couple useful details, and may have even written down some notes on the subject, so I'll try to dig that stuff up this weekend.

    Also, guys, it's worth digging through the blog archives, since I'm pretty sure that Nathaniel and I have posted a few different process stories.

  3. Since for some reason I'm having problems logging into dactyl (to put the thesis online) I'm going to try uploading the zipped thesis with ".jpg" appended and see if that works. So, you should be able to just download the "image", remove the jpeg suffix, and unzip.

    I guess my previous post was a bit harsh... on one side it's dumb that there isn't a template, but on the other hand it's nice that there's not some super-strict format to have to follow.

  4. Finally, Ryan & Jules, you do realize that nothing comes for free - in return you have to come up with a post at least once a month or something. 🙂

  5. I would also recommend using a version control system. I'm sort of surprised I only had 68 commits over two months of writing. And reading the commit comments now is actually quite fun.

  6. Good point Qun - even if you do something as simple as date-stamped folder names, either by major revision or weekly, just make sure that it's easy to go back in time, you don't have to use subversion or a fancy CVS.

    Oh yeah, I'd also recommend buying a usb thumb drive for back-up backup. Cheaper than a external hard drive (which you should have too) & able to store major versions.

  7. You astro folk probably want to format your theses according to an AAS style file so you end up with the right citation formatting. I'll see if I can find my files and make a post with them in the next couple of days. (assuming it's not too late, I haven't been online very much lately)

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