LaTeX, BibTeX and Overleaf


LaTeX is the name of an open source document markup language used for documents requiring the TeX typesetting program. The typographical output of TeX is particularly good for mathematical and scientific publications.

LaTeX from Wikipedia

What are TeX and its friends? (from the CTAN: TeX archive)

LaTeX on Wikibooks

Free online introduction to LaTeX course from Overleaf.


The word BibTeX stands for a tool and a file format which are used to describe and process lists of references, mostly in conjunction with LaTeX documents. Many citation management tools support the ability to export and import lists of references in .bib format.  Some tools, such as Mendeley can generate BibTeX files of your library or folders for use in your LaTeX documents.

Mendeley blog post series on LaTeX and BibTeX

LaTeX on Wikibooks has a Bibliography Management page.

Information on using LaTeX at Stanford

 Overleaf at Stanford

Overleaf is a collaborative cloud based LaTeX tool which makes the process of writing, editing and publishing scientific papers faster and easier.  New to LaTeX?  This tool will help you learn the basics and collaborate with others.

All Stanford students, faculty and staff have access to a free Overleaf Pro account.  Sign up on the Stanford home page for Overleaf. This site includes templates used at Stanford as well as templates from ACM, IEEE, NSF and SPIE. If you have a favorite template let us know and we will add it.

More tools and tips from Overleaf

Stanford thesis style file

Stanford University LaTeX thesis style file: suthesis-2e.sty. The style file is unofficial, and thesis authors should always double check against the current format guidelines from the Office of the University Registrar.