Thesis in Latex

Writing your thesis in latex allows you to use the power of typesetting engine and especially the reference management of bibtex.

As said on the latex website: "LaTeX is a document preparation system for high-quality typesetting. It is most often used for medium-to-large technical or scientific documents but it can be used for almost any form of publishing."

Tutorials

A good place to start seems to be http://www.latex-tutorial.com

This tutorial suggests a few editors, the one I am using is missing however. I highly recommend using TexShop if you are working on a mac.

Template

Here is a Thesis Template which can be used with latex to write your thesis. It should conform to the requirements of the pedel office for VU thesi.

A minimal latex document using this template is shown below. Most options for this template are described in the VUThesis.cls file.

\documentclass[12pt,twoside]{VUthesis}

\title{This is my awesome title for my thesis in a very specific subfield that only I do research on}

\submissionDate{1}{August}{2015}

\author{J. Doe}
\degreeHeld{Msc.}
\authorformal{John Sacharias Doe Msc.}
\birthplace{Nowhere}

\rector{prof.dr. F.A. van der Duyn Schouten}
\phdfaculty{Faculteit der Exacte Wetenschappen}

\promotor{prof. dr. A. Nonymous}
\copromotor{dr. U. Nknown}

\committee{
\begin{tabular}{l l}
members of the committee: & one \\
& two \\
& three \\
\end{tabular}
}

\begin{document}

\frontmatter

\begin{abstract}
...
\end{abstract}

\begin{acknowledgements}
...
\end{acknowledgements}

\mainmatter
% 1: Introduction
% Example of how to include another latex file into this document
% This allows you to split up your document in multiple files for easier
% maintanance
% this includes file introduction.tex located in subdirectory introduction
% \input{introduction/introduction}

% 6: Conclusion
% \bookmarksetup{startatroot} resets the count if you are using \part's to
\bookmarksetup{startatroot}
\chapter{Conclusion}

\backmatter

% Set the bibliographystyle
\bibliographystyle{chicago}
% Include the mybib.bib file as the bibliography
\bibliography{mybib}

\end{document}