LATEχ Template

The follwing page was written by a student of the University of Maryland, College Park. Links have been changed in order to reference the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's version of files, but the content is of the student's. The files are based from the ones originally linked to by this site, updated for UMBC's needs.

The following LATEχ thesis template files were developed by Dorothea Brosius in September 2007 as a result of several requests from IREAP graduate students. The software used for Windows-based pc's can be PCTEX 4.2, PCTEX 5.0, or Miktex and WinEdt; MAC users can use Texshop. If you know of any other software programs which work, please let me know. Although the sample documents were based on parts of the thesis of Bhaskar Khubchandani who received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in the Spring of 2004, the template has been updated and follows "The University of Maryland, Baltimore County Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Style Guide." In addition, the Table of Contents, the List of Figures, the List of Tables, and the Bibliography are now single-spaced; the main text is double-spaced. Please email me at dbrosius at if you are actually using the LATEχ template (for my own information) and also if you have any problems when submitting your thesis to the Graduate School (margins, indentations, etc.) so I can make adjustments to the template.

All of the files needed for your dissertation can be found on the LaTeX template site. The direct zip file can be downloaded directly from this link. All of the files should be placed in the folder with your thesis files. Thesis.cls should not be changed. Mainthesis.tex should not be changed unless you include tables in your thesis, in which case you should delete the % sign on the listoftables line and the newpage line.

Insert your own text and figures in the following files: (signature.txt, cirriculum.tex, )abstract.tex, titlepage.tex, copyright.tex, acknowledgements.tex, dedication.tex, foreword.tex, chapter1.tex, chapter2.tex, etc., appendix.tex, and bibliography.tex. I have included Bhaskar's .eps files from Chapter 2. If you latex the files as they are, you can see exactly how a thesis using this template will look. The information in Chapter 2 and the Appendix is identical; I simply copied the text to show the difference between the numbering in a chapter and an appendix.

These files contain examples of several types of displayed equations (including arrays), as well as enumerated lists, theorems, axioms, references, tables, and displayed figures.

Please note that you must LATEχ "mainthesis.tex" twice so the references will be properly shown in the dvi file. The dvi file must be changed to a pdf file before it can be submitted to the Graduate Office.

I hope these files will be useful to you. If you need additional assistance or if this information is unclear, please contact Dottie Brosius (dbrosius at or (301) 405-4955. I will be happy to help you.

LATEχ — A Typesetting Program

Thanks to Mark Clary, who will be receiving his Ph.D. in 2006, for finding this 13-page document on the web explaining several features of LATEχ. The document can be downloaded at

Using Bibtex

Using Bibtex with LATEχ documents is not difficult. The bulk of the work is organizing your bibtex file, which is a data base compiled by you of the articles, books, etc. which you use in the bibliographies or reference sections of your publications. The file BibtexSamples.tex contains examples of information needed for the different types of references you may wish to use (e.g., articles in refereed journals, books, unpublished articles, conference proceedings).

MS Word Template and Instructions

The Thesis and Dissertation Templates for MS Word and the Template Instructions and be downloaded from the Graduate School's ETD webpage.

APS Physical Review Style and Notation Guide

The following style guide may be downloaded from The American Physical Society: Physical Review Style and Notation Guide, published by The American Physical Society, compiled and edited by Anne Waldron, Peggy Judd, and Valerie Miller, February 1993. It may be old, but it is very useful.