I’ve been thinking for a while that I would like to learn how to use LaTeX. Aside from being something that geeky types seem to love, it makes documents that look beautiful. It actually looks easier than getting Word or LibreOffice to behave in predictable ways beyond simple text. So why am I finally learning how to use this? I want to submit an article to a journal and they require all submissions be in LaTeX format. (As an aside, why did they have to make the capitalization of LaTeX so odd? It’s hard to type!) I thought I would post some notes on tools I found useful for learning.
Michelle Krummel has a multi-part video tutorial on YouTube that moves at a good pace (not too fast or slow). She teaches all the basics you need to understand how to set up a document and how formatting works. Even though it’s specifically geared towards mathematics, the concepts all apply to what you would need for other sciences as well.
Winston Chang wrote an excellent cheat sheet to remind you of the basic formatting you’ll need.