This document describes how to use the puthesis (Purdue University thesis, v1.9.23) LaTeX template in the Overleaf editor to prepare Master theses and PhD dissertations.
Please note that at the present time, Overleaf is not a suitable platform for Theses that include export controlled information. If your thesis was generated from a project with a Technology Control Plan, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before proceeding.
Guidelines for getting started
Open the template and replace the title, author, and other information there with your information.
Why write your thesis in LaTeX?
Thousands of people have graduated using it. You won't need to “reinvent the wheel.”
All formatting details are done automatically, you can concentrate on the content of your thesis instead of worrying about margins, typefaces, etc.
It is especially convenient for typesetting mathematics.
Many people think it produces more attractive output than other systems.
All the software needed is free and is available for a wide variety of software and operating systems.
Some (especially engineering, mathematics, and science) journals use LaTeX. You may be able to cut large chunks out of your thesis, change a few lines at the top of the resulting file, and send that to a journal.
Using LaTeX is very common in the scientific community. Sooner or later you may need to learn it anyway.
For more help and information
1) On the thesis template: Please see the University's Frequently asked questions section.
2) On how to use Overleaf: Please see our Help section, and our short video guide to writing your thesis in LaTeX.
Please send any feedback to Mark D. Jaeger (markj at purdue.edu), Manager, Thesis/Dissertation Office.