Processing Texts

LaTeX and Microsoft Word are the two most commonly used tools for writing scientific papers. Both offer numerous options for giving your document a professional layout.

LaTeX

In contrast to conventional word processing programs such as Microsoft Word, texts are formatted in LaTeX via commands, similar to a programming language. The initially time-consuming preparation of a document facilitates the writing process, especially for larger tasks and exacting formal requirements. LaTeX is considered a standard program for generating papers and publications in the academic field. Thanks to its easy formulating options, it is especially widespread in technical/mathematical subjects.

The use of LaTeX requires Tex distribution and a Tex Editor. Our recommended Tex distribution is MikTeX with the TeX Editor TeXStudio. TU offers LaTeX templates so that a uniform design can be achieved.

With ShareLaTeX, you can work together on a document as a group – without local installation. You will find further information on the HRZ pages.

ULB offers Word processing learning formats, including a monthly workshop, individual advice in a consultation and tailor-made events for groups of 5 people or more. At ULB, we provide advice and training on the functionality of LaTeX. For content advice, please contact the TU SchreibCenter.

Microsoft Word

Apart from LaTeX, Microsoft Word is still the go-to program at TU Darmstadt for students who are writing a scientific paper. Its intuitive user interface and clear handling ensure a quick and easy start for beginners. For advanced users it offers a whole range of combinable tools – even for scientific purposes – that ensure every document has a professional layout. There is a free online version, although this does not include all functions. The TU design elements are particularly difficult in this version. People who are not members of the TU can go to the Microsoft website to find out about the paid options. An Office 365 campus licence is available for students and staff at the TU. In order to achieve a uniform design, the TU offers templates for Word documents.

One particular advantage of Word is that it is easy to combine with other Office products, especially Excel. This makes it easy to insert elements such as tables and graphics in a document and post-process them directly from there. In addition, because it is used all over the world, there is a tremendous online support community. It is rarely necessary to consult an “expert” to solve a problem.

ULB also offers Word processing learning formats, including a monthly workshop, individual advice in a consultation and tailor-made events for groups of 5 people or more. At ULB, we provide advice and training on the functionality of Word. For content advice, please contact the TU SchreibCenter.