The purpose of the class yathesis is to facilitate dissertations’ typesetting of theses prepared in France, whatever disciplines and institutes. It implements most notably recommendations from the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and this, transparently to the user. It has also been designed to (optionally) take advantage of powerful tools available in LaTeX, including packages:
biblatex for the bibliography ;
glossaries for the glossary, list of acronyms and symbols list.
The yathesis class, based on the book class, aims to be both simple to use and, to some extent, (easily) customizable.
The present template is more a sample than a template but can be used as a starting point to gradually fit your own needs. A real template can be found [here].
The biblatex-chicago package implements the citation style of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. In this example, the notes option causes biblatex's autocite command to put citations in footnotes. The package can also produce inline author-year citations in the Chicago style. See the package documentation for more information.
The natbib package provides automatic numbering, sorting and formatting of in text citations and bibliographic references in LaTeX. It supports both numeric and author-year citation styles.
The natbib package is the most commonly used package for handling references in LaTeX, and it is very functional, but the more modern biblatex package is also worth a look.
This example shows how to automatically generate citations and a bibliography with biblatex and biber.
Biblatex and biber work together to automatically format references and citations like the older cite or natbib and bibtex tool chain, but they offer more powerful and easier to use formatting and better support for special characters (unicode).
For a full list of biblatex styles, see the user guide in the biblatex manual.