Style Guides and Templates
Editable theses for use as templates:
- S. B. Thesis in Microsoft Word Format (DOC - 27MB)
Professor Short's S. B. thesis, 2005. Use this as a template if you choose to use MSWord.
- PhD Thesis in LyX Format (ZIP - 45MB) (The ZIP file contains: 8 .aux files, 1 .bak file, 2 .bbl files, 1 .bib file, 1 .cls file, 1 .layout file, 2 .lof files, 16 .lyx files, 1 .lyx~ file, 2 .performance monitor files, 1 .sty file, 17 .tex files, 3 text document files, 2 .toc files, 2 .pdf files, 135 .jpeg files, 128 .png files.)
Professor Short's PhD thesis, from 2010. Use this as a template for LyX, and export it to LaTeX if you so desire. MIT style files are included.
Sample Work from Prior 22.THT Students
Prospectuses are courtesy of the students, used with permission; theses are © MIT.
|Nicolas Lopez||Development of a Nanoscale Magnetometer Through Utilization of the Nitrogen-Vacancy Defect in Diamonds (PDF) (Courtesy of Nicolas Lopez. Used with permission.)||All-Optical Method of Nanoscale Magnetometry for Ensembles of Nitrogen-Vacancy Defects in Diamond (PDF)|
|Minh Dinh||Effect of Lattice Strain on Stoichiometry and Ionic Transport in Oxide Materials (Nd2NiO4+δ and ZrO2) (PDF - 1.5MB) (Courtesy of Minh Dinh. Used with permission.)||First-principles Study of the Surfaces of Zirconium during Early Stages of Metal Oxidation (PDF)|
|MIT student||Design, Fabrication, Testing, and Application of a Sub-Wave length Microwave Lens (PDF) (Courtesy of MIT student. Used with permission.)||Design, Fabrication, Testing, and Application of a Sub-Wavelength Microwave Lens (PDF)|
Useful Technical Writing Tools
- Beall's List of “potential, possible, or probable” predatory open-access publishers 2015
Be wary of using journals on this list in your research. However, don't assume that mere presence on this list constitutes a disreputable journal. Beall's List is a self-maintained site, and there is some debate about its objectiveness and accuracy. See "Beyond Beall’s List: Better understanding predatory publishers" and "Ethics and Access 1: The Sad Case of Jeffrey Beall" (PDF) for critiques. A case of a publisher being added and later removed after protest is described in Beall's own blog post and the corresponding publisher's notice. Let's just say that you should consider your sources very carefully, and look for your own warning signs of low quality, predatory publishing practices, or something not sounding right.
Use this graphical front-end to LaTeX as a happy compromise between Word's ease of use and LaTeX's robustness.
- LaTeX Tutorial
A site to easily help you learn LaTeX for scientific writing.
Use this collaborative, cloud-based LaTeX editor to work on your documents in real-time with your advisor.
A lightweight BiBTeX reference manager that integrates seamlessly with LaTeX and LyX.
A tool to organize and annotate PDFs and export citations.
A tool to find, organize, and cite bibliographic references.