Use this guide to search for information on all aspects of maths and stats. Find anything from dictionary definitions and encyclopedia entries to research articles from specialist databases. If you need help, to contact your liaison librarian.

LaTeX is a typesetting program used to format scientific documents. It has become the de-facto standard for writing academic papers which require mathematical symbols.LaTeX can be downloaded free of charge and is available for Mac, and PC (for Windows & Linux).

LaTeX is recommended (sometimes required) by University of Otago Mathematics and Statistics staff when writing papers, particularly for papers stage 3 and above.

There are several websites that will be useful for those learning LaTex, including:

The University Library has several books on LaTeX, including:

For other resources recommended for LaTex users go to the Cambridge University Engineering and IT Services page.

- MyThesis.texTex file for formatting a thesis
- Otago.bstBibTex file for Otago theses
- otagothesisLaTex file for Otago Thesis format

Thesis Style Files (Tex): The following files can be used as a style basis for University of Otago Mathematics theses.

Wondering how to keep track of all your research information?

**Reference Management** software helps you *store*, *organise*, and correctly *cite* all your research information with incredible ease. There are many options available, but here are three popular examples:

JabRef is a reference management software that uses BibTeX as its native format. JabRef provides an easy-to-use interface for editing BibTeX files, for importing data from online scientific databases, and for managing and searching BibTeX files. JabRef is released under the terms of the GPL license. The application is programmed in Java, and is maintained for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Go to the JabRef website to download the latest version. |

You can make your mathematics papers more engaging and concise by learning a few easy tips. The links below will help you find out how to maximise the attention of your reader, and how to lay out a paper in a logical and clear style.

The Style Files, by Tony Roberts (University of Southern Queensland). This guide is an excellent general introduction to the main points of mathematical writing.

A Primer of Mathematical Writing by Steven G. Krantz. A book published by the American Mathematical Society which gives, amongst other things, advce on grammar, how to organise a paper, and how to state a theorem.

Mathematical Writing by Donald E Knuth, Tracy Larrabee and Paul M Roberts. This publication discusses many aspects of writing mathematical papers, including grammar, spelling and formatting mathematical equations.

The handbook of writing for the mathematical sciences by Nicholas J Higham - this book is aimed at mathematical writing for sicentists, but a large part of the content is also relevant to mathematics students/researchers.

- Postgraduate StudentsHEDC's excellent workshops on all stages of research and writing. Individual support is also available.
- Academic Skills DevelopmentFor students at all levels. HEDC workshops to help polish study skills, improve time management, prepare for exams, and gain confidence in oral presentations.

- University of Otago Library Citation Styles HelpExamples and guidelines for commonly-used styles.

- University Library Thesis GuidelinesTips on writing and submitting your thesis, plus what you need to know about copyright.
- Finding Theses & Dissertations (PDF document)How to search for theses and dissertations from Otago or other institutions around the world.

- The Literature ReviewStep-by-step guide to writing a scientific literature review.
- The Scientific ReportOnline tutorial on how write a structured scientific report, e.g. laboratory report, field trip write-up, or original research.