LaTeX and TeX


The TeX-related family of software allows one to produce beautiful mathematical documents. Key components of the system:

  • tex: TeX Engine with plain TeX macros and DVI output
  • pdftex: TeX Engine with plain TeX macros and PDF output
  • latex: TeX Engine with LaTeX macros and DVI output
  • pdflatex: TeX Engine with LaTeX macros and PDF output
  • mf: MetaFont Engine with plain MF macros and custom output
  • mpost: MetaFont Engine with PS output

We have a few other support documents on TeX (see below). But the computer support staff does not have the resources to teach TeX - the books and other resources listed in the sidebar to the right will help you with that.

Local information:


Online documents: Getting Started

Online documents: Reference

TeX-related websites:


WYSIWYG Word Processors built on top of TeX:

Alternatives (or extensions) to TeX:

Beginner Books:

Intermediate Books:

  • The LaTeX Companion [Amazon]
  • The LaTeX Graphics Companion: Illustrating Documents with TeX and Postscript [Amazon, Bookpool]
  • The LaTeX Web Companion: Integrating TeX, HTML, and XML [Amazon]
  • Guide to LaTeX [Amazon]

Attention graduate students: many of these books are available in our grad lab library.