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Overleaf is a collaborative, online LaTeX editor, designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing your research papers and project reports much quicker. Overleaf can also be linked to other services such as Mendeley, Git and to best fit into your workflow.

Some benefits of Overleaf are:

* Easy to use templates

* Rich text mode helps beginners start quickly

* Collaborate with others in real time

* Upload documents directly to publishers.

Macquarie University Library provides Overleaf Pro+ accounts for all students and staff. Sign up for your account, using your MQ email address, here:

Try this short introductory video from Overleaf to help you get started:

Overleaf Help

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BibTeX & LaTeX

LaTeX, usually used in conjunction with BibTeX, is a typesetting system for document preparation. It is suitable for complex mathematical formulas, chemistry, engineering, multilingual typesetting, artwork, diagrams and process or spot colour. LaTeX is enabled to include BibTeX-bibliographies in Word documents using third party tools and is available as free software. Other TeX-based systems such as ConTeXt also use BibTeX for citations and reference lists.

BibTeX allows you to store the details of references in separate files which can then be linked to a LaTeX document. BibTeX files are plain text and usually end in .bib. 

Manual referencing with BibTeX

Using BibTeX with reference management tools

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