With the commands we’ve covered in the previous sections, you can now typeset mathematical equations, multi-lingual documents, and plots. The other examples shown in the introduction, such as music and chemical equations can all be typeset using the same principles. If you want to learn more, there are many freely available resources to help users learn Latex from basic tutorials to troubleshooting complex issues.
Below are some resources that are helpful for new Latex users. If you are having difficulty with a specific problem, I suggest Googling for it, as you can often find a detailed answer to your specific question.
- Rice University has a helpful guide for mathematical symbols and functions.
- The CTAN LaTeX Comprehensive Symbol List specifies the 14,000+ symbols available in Latex.
- Dr. David Woods of Trinity College London has written a helpful summary sheet for document formatting commands.
- Detexify is a website that lets you draw a symbol and suggests Latex commands, which is helpful when you don’t know the name of a symbol.
- Some helpful packages include:
- Font Awesome: Web Icons/Symbols
- Babel: Typesetting for Non-English Languages
- TIPA: IPA for Linguistic Transcription
- PGFPlots: Plotting and Charts
- MusiXTeX: Music Typesetting
- mhChem: Chemical Equations
- There are a variety of Latex communities on the web that are happy to answer questions. Usually you can find the answer to a question just by Googling. Usually you’ll find the answer on LaTeX Stack Exchange or Latex.org.