# Thesis Guidelines

## New LaTeX macros for typesetting UIC theses

A computer science student, Peter Snyder, has rewritten the old UIC LaTeX macros and published them in his GitHub repository. You may find these to be a bit more convenient to work with than the old macros below.

## Old LaTeX macros for typesetting UIC theses

The LaTeX macros which you can download from this page were first written in 1992 by Paul Davis, who was working for the UIC Computer Center at the time. In 1996 they were updated by Thomas McKibben to work with LaTeX2e, which had been released in 1994. Dr. McKibben tested the package on his own Physics thesis. Since then, many MSCS theses have been written with the package, and have been accepted by the UIC Graduate College.

The package is distributed as either a zip archive for Windows, or a dmg disk image for Mac OS X, or a gzipped tar archive for UN*X. The LaTeX source code for the uicthesi manual is included in each archive.

Once you have downloaded the archive you can test it by typesetting the file uictest.tex, using pdflatex and bibtex. The uictest.tex file can then be used as a template for your own thesis file.

If you are just getting started using LaTeX, you might want to read the introduction to TeX at the CTAN site. You may also want to consult the tutorial Beginning LaTeX by Denise Moore at Cornell University.