Sigh, so I finally realised and managed to find the 2015 version of the UM thesis guidelines!!!
So I’ve updated the
.tex (changes to existing v1.1.2), which includes the following updates:
- Added a
\makecoverandtitlepagenow takes an option to output the
relevant statement on the title page
- Chapter headings are now single line, with less spacing after
the chapter title.
- Bibliography entries are now explicitly 0.5 inch indented and
with really wide double spacing between entries.
- Re-ordered elements in
thesis.texto match the updated guide.
Following the most recent feedback from the Main Campus, USMThesis has been updated to v1.6.3 today. The changes this time are in
usmthesis.tex, where the List of Publications is moved after the appendices (so now Main Campus and Engineering Campus are on the same page now!) Pun unintended.
Looking at the ChangeLog,
usmthesis v0.1 was Nov 2005 — so it’s been 10 years!! In fact if anyone wants to host a meetup/talk or something, ping me.
USMThesis has been updated to v1.6.2, following feedback from IPS that the page numbering of appendices should be turned off in the table of contents.
If you already have the template (v1.6.1) from September 2015 and don’t want to re-download the template again now, just add these lines before
\appendix in your
Also, from recent feedback, it looks like Main Campus-IPS requires the List of Publications before the abstracts; while the Engineering Campus IPS requires the List of Publications after the appendices. So do check with IPS of your respective campuses before you print your entire thesis!
Another thing — when printing out the PDF, do remember to set paper size to
A4, and Scaling to
None in the Print dialog. Many PDF viewer applications would set it to
Fit on page by default, and then the font sizes would come out too small and the page margins too wide!
The user guide/manual is also my first attempt at using the
tufte-book class, as well as
minted for the code listings. I must say I like the look!
Moaaz Elhag Ali (email address in the .cls file) has created a LaTeX thesis class and template for the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), by modifying the UMalayaThesis class files. He has requested that I host the files here so that it may benefit IIUM students. iiumthesis.cls and template files can be downloaded here.
- Universiti Sains Malaysia thesis template
- Universiti Malaya thesis template
- Multimedia University thesis template
- Universiti Utara Malaysia thesis template
- University Kebangsaan Malaysia thesis template (English)
- University Kebangsaan Malaysia thesis template (Malay)
At some point I’ll probably get round to uploading the university-themed beamer templates, too. 🙂
(A little more information about Overleaf after the divider and disclaimer)
(Disclaimer: I provide LaTeX-related community support for Overleaf — so you probably won’t want to just take my word for the following; go try it out yourself! 🙂
Overleaf provides an online collaborative environment for authoring and publishing research using LaTeX. One nice thing about Overleaf is the rich text mode — which hides most LaTeX stuff from collaborators who are not familiar with it.
Another nice thing is the commenting facility.
So if you’d like to use LaTeX to write your thesis but your supervisor balks at it, try introducing them to Overleaf’s rich text mode and commenting feature. They just might be convinced!
During my degree in 2002, most of my assignments and the final year project report is done in Microsoft Word 97, a WYSIWYG type word processor. For a person first time using a computer (for official reason, other than Daytona USA, minesweeper and the dial-up type internet surfing :)), this what-you-see-is-what-you-get word processor is actually impressive for me on the things it can do, BUT I notice something, some patterns,
- chances of my computer getting crashed is directly proportional to the importance of the document, for example – the chances of my computer getting crashed when I’m writing my report for the final year project is HIGHER compared to when I’m a writing a letter to ask permission for motorcycle sticker.
- chances of my computer getting crashed is inversely proportional to the time left for my deadline, for example – the chances of my computer getting crashed when I’m writing my report for the final year project when the deadline is tomorrow is HIGHER than the deadline 1 week ago.
This waste my effort and time.
FOUR good reason I found to start using LaTex for my thesis.
ONE. Scalability – As I mentioned earlier – the size of your document. Word (or even Open Office) can get slower when editing large documents with equations and figures. In LaTex, I break my thesis into smaller chunks (like one chapter per file) and then let LaTex combine them altogether. This also lead to more organizable and manageable documents.
TWO. Support – Excellent support from the web community, one such example is the Malaysian LaTex User Group blog. I can ‘google’ any matter related to LaTex and come up with a solution.
You should NOT use LaTex if,
- You don’t have time to learn it. – You’ re reaching a deadline, you better stick with what you know first.
- Your document is already written – You had written your thesis in Word and need to submit in two days. Well my friend, I found no good reason to convert to LaTex and submit it.
Just google ‘advantage and disadvantage of LaTex’, you can find so many sources available out there.
- and many more …