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Library Subject Guide for Physics


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The convenience of an easy-to-use manuscript editor, with real-time collaboration and structured, fully typeset output produced automatically in the background as you type. Prefer to edit directly in LaTeX? Overleaf provides a full collaborative online LaTeX editor you can switch to at any time.

Short Video Introduction to Overleaf

Interactive Online Introduction to LaTeX

Overleaf offers the following features that ease collaborative research, writing and publishing workflows:

  • Real-time preview of projects to review your document while editing and writing - type on the left and see your finished document on the right.

  • Integrated, streamlined publishing allows you to submit immediately and directly to the journal of your choice with an integrated submission system to dozens of publishing partners.

  • A Teaching Toolkit which allows you to quickly and easily create assignments on Overleaf to send out to students; these assignments can then be completed online on Overleaf and submitted back to you with a single click for marking and review.

About Zotero

Screenshot of Zotero App for MacZotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is an application that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, connects with your web browser to download sources, and best of all it's free.

Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.

It's incredibly customizable for how you work and how you want to use the platform.

Resources for Writing and Editing

The reference and information desks of most of the University libraries maintain collections of style guides, dictionaries, and other items that can assist you in writing papers and reports and in submitting manuscripts for publication.  The links below point to similar items.  If you need additional assistance, please ask at any library service desk.

A book of possible interest is How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper by Barbara Gastel and Robert A. Day.  This book is available for check out in the Brown Science and Engineering Library.  Note that the 5th edition of this title is available online

A similar book is A Writer's Handbook for Engineers by David A. McMurrey.  

A sample of other books on Scientific Writing in the Library's collection can be found at this link.

Searching VIRGO for the phrase "technical writing" (DO use the quotes!) will turn up many additional titles on the same topic.