Commit 86d33d1d authored by Edward Longman's avatar Edward Longman
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Add new helpful guide and table describing document parts.

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month = {August},
year = {2017}
}
@electronic{latex_moril,
author = {Lapo F. Mori},
title = {Writing a thesis with LaTeX},
url = {https://tug.org/pracjourn/2008-1/mori/},
month = {December},
year = {2008},
journal = {The PracTeX Journal}
}
......@@ -33,8 +33,8 @@ It is recommended to take a little time out to learn how to use \LaTeX{} by crea
\url{http://www.LaTeXTemplates.com}\\
Making the effort now means you're not stuck learning the system when what you \emph{really} need to be doing is writing your thesis.
For best practice information and how to write a large \LaTeX{} document (a~thesis perhaps..?) then an excellent source is \url{https://web.science.mq.edu.au/~rdale/resources/writingnotes/}.
This is a plain to read guide that will cover things you perhaps haven't thought of but probably should.
For best practice information and how to write a large \LaTeX{} document (a~thesis perhaps..?) then two excellent sources are \href{https://web.science.mq.edu.au/~rdale/resources/writingnotes/}{Robert Dale's Writing Advice for Student} and \href{https://tug.org/pracjourn/2008-1/mori/mori.pdf}{Writing a thesis with \LaTeX{}}(Ch. 2 and 4 onwards)
These are plain to read guides that will cover things you perhaps haven't thought of but probably should.
It will help you to achieve consistency in your \LaTeX{} markup and make sure your documents are well formatted and easy to maintain.
\subsection{A Short Math Guide for \LaTeX{}}
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......@@ -22,7 +22,8 @@ Thesis Output.}
%%\doi{10.1002/0470841559.ch1}
\subject {}
\keywords {}
%% --Special Environment for matter_arrangement diagram
\include{elencopar}
\begin{document}
\pagenumbering{gobble} % removes page number
%%\copyrightDeclaration{} % !!! Comment this line when printing the hardcopy although it does not affect you page numbering!!!
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......@@ -38,8 +38,32 @@ These files are designed as a starting point for the structure of your thesis.
If you are familiar with \LaTeX{}, go and explore the template and use it. Maybe start with putting your info in the section \emph{THESIS/DOC INFORMATION} block of the \verb|Thesis.tex| or \verb|Progress.tex| file. You can then modify the rest of this file to your unique specifications based on your degree/university. If you are new to \LaTeX{} then read about the file structure below.
\section{File Structure}
The \verb|Thesis.tex| file is composed of two main parts.
Firstly, \verb|frontmatter| is all the information that goes before your \verb|mainmatter|.
The \verb|Thesis.tex| file is composed of three main parts.
Firstly, \verb|frontmatter|, \verb|mainmatter|, \verb|backmatter| as in Figure~\ref{matter_arrangement}
\begin{figure}[b]\caption{Separation of document content within thesis. Modified from \citet[p.~5]{latex_moril}. The symbol *
indicates optional sections and $^\circ$ indicates sections that should
not be in the table of contents.}\label{matter_arrangement}
\begin{elencopar}{frontmatter}
\item Title page$^\circ$%
\item Abstract*$^\circ$%
\item Table of contents
\item Other lists$^\circ$%
\item Definitions and Abbreviations*%
\item Acknowledgements*$^\circ$
\item Dedication*$^\circ$%
\end{elencopar} \\[\spacez]
%
\begin{elencopar}{mainmatter}
\item Inner chapters
\item Appendices*%
\end{elencopar} \\[\spacez]
%
\begin{elencopar}{backmatter}
\item Bibliography%
\item Glossary*%
\item Index*%
\end{elencopar}
\end{figure}
It is advisable to write each chapter (and possibly section) in a separate file to
keep each file of a manageable size.
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%% --Special Environment for lists with spanning parentheses.
\newlength\spacez
\setlength\spacez{\itemsep}%
\addtolength\spacez{\parsep}
\newsavebox{\tbox}
\newlength{\altezz}
\newcommand{\elencoarg}{}
\newenvironment{elencopar}[1]
{\renewcommand{\elencoarg}{#1} \noindent\begin{lrbox}{\tbox}
\begin{minipage}[c]{.50\textwidth}\raggedright
\begin{itemize}}
{\end{itemize}
\end{minipage}
\end{lrbox}%
\setlength{\altezz}{1\ht\tbox}%
\addtolength\altezz{0.5\itemsep}%
\parbox{.50\textwidth}{\usebox{\tbox}}
\parbox{.3\textwidth}{$\left.\rule{0pt}{\altezz}\right\}$ \elencoarg}}
%% --end special environment
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