So you're finally going to write your thesis. The deadline is two days away. You haven't started yet! Don't worry, you'll make it. This guide will show you the steps needed to write your thesis using LATEX . It covers how to generate the preliminary material like the approval page and table of contents, and how to generate your bibliography and references.
This guide doesn't cover how to use LATEX itself, but some useful references are listed in the right column under "Help With Latex".
The LATEX format provided here is designed to conform to the thesis format specifications set down by the Graduate School. You might want to read the page on Thesis/Dissertation Preparation, and especially the brochure "Thesis/Dissertation Process: From Proposal to Defense", which will explain the format in detail. The section on Theses Preparation and Approval of the The Graduate Student Manual is also a useful source of information.
The following steps will allow you to generate this shell of a thesis. They will confirm that you have properly installed LATEX , and that it is working correctly.