Fogler Library Faculty Newsletter 10-15-2019

Citation Manager Workshops, Formatting a Manuscript with LaTeX

In this issue

  1. Citation Manager Workshops
  2. Formatting a Manuscript with LaTeX

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1. Citation Manager Workshops
Large research projects, especially theses and dissertations, involve extensive use of a variety of publications. It’s difficult to locate and organize these materials and their citations, and to represent these references in the required format. Citation managers can be a big help on this side of the research process. This semester, Fogler Library will host both general citation management workshops and workshops focused on specific citation managers.

Fall 2019 Citation Manager Workshops:

  • General: Picking a Citation Manager, October 21, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Zotero: Getting Started, October 28, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Mendeley: Getting Started, October 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Zotero: Getting Started, November 13, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Mendeley: Getting Started, November 14, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

2. Formatting a Manuscript with LaTeX
Tuesday, October 22, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fogler Library Classroom 1

This workshop will provide an introduction to LaTeX typesetting. Participants will learn the basics of formatting a manuscript using LaTeX, including basic layout, tables, mathematical formulas, graphics, tables of contents, references, indices, and bibliographies. Time permitting, we will also go over putting together presentations using LaTeX and/or using multiple fonts and languages.

We recommend bringing laptops with LaTeX already installed and a piece of writing that you would like to format. For Windows and Mac users, the free TeX Live 2019 distribution is recommended, but most other distributions will be fine too. If you are a Linux user, most Linux distributions include LaTeX in their standard install. LaTeX is also available online through a free account at Overleaf. Previous coding experience is not required. Laptops will be available for attendees who need to borrow one.

This introductory workshop is presented in collaboration with UMaine’s Advanced Computing Group. If you would prefer to attend online instead, please contact

About the Presenter
Eisso Atzema is a Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. He started using LaTeX on a Unix mainframe over 30 years ago (when processing a ten-page paper took at least 5 minutes). Nowadays, he uses LaTex for all his lecture notes, papers, posters, and presentations. Unlike some other LaTeX enthusiasts, he prefers to write exams and most shorter documents in LibreOffice.