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NU DISSERTATION TEMPLATE IN MIKTEX
Miguel Lerma, in Northwestern's Math Department, has created a LATEX class file and template to fulfill Northwestern's dissertation guidelines. Even if the files are available in the computer you are using, it would be recommendable to download a fresh copy of "nuthesis.cls" since this file is kept up to date with the latest requirements from the Graduate School.
The instructions below require that you download the files from the Math Department and that you verify that the LATEX "setspace" package is installed. This package defines three commands for you, based on the point size of the font in use (12 points for the dissertation):
The Graduate School's manuscript preparation guidelines are available online:
For doubts about how to document your dissertation and general stylistic issues, you can also consult the "Chicago Manual of Style" and the Turabian "A manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations." Both publications are available to Kellogg doctoral students and faculty in Jacobs, room 4219, for short term borrowing.
If you have tips that would improve these instructions, send e-mail to Research Computing. Please note that we do not troubleshoot LATEX problems, but we are willing to incorporate your tips to this page; Kellogg doctoral students may refer to the LATEX books available for short term borrowing in the Research Computing library in Jacobs 4219.
These instructions were written for MikTEX 2.3 and WinEdt, running under Windows XP. The installation instructions are available in the following page: MikTEX installation instructions.
Install the Northwestern dissertation template to the "localtexmf" directory. The picture below shows the directory structure suggested in the installation instructions for MikTEX:
The logic of this structure is as follows: Any "system" installations (those performed with MikTEX Package Manager or with the Update Wizard) are installed automatically to the "tex\texmf" folder. When documentation is available, MikTEX Options will place the documentation files (ASCII, DVI or PDF) under "\texmf\doc\latex\". Running the MikTEX Update Wizard will keep files in this folder up to date.
"Manual" installations such as the one for the Northwestern dissertation template, are few and far between. These should be done to the "localtexmf" directory. In "localtexmf", create a "tex" folder and, in "tex", a "latex" folder.If you create any customized files, these should be placed in "localtexmf."
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