Producing an NMSU Thesis in LaTeX

At this page you will find all the files needed to produce an NMSU Thesis in LaTeX. The instructions depend on whether you type your thesis directly in LaTeX or if you use Scientific Word/Workplace.

Instructions for those who type directly in LaTeX.

The following table contains files that you will use to produce your thesis. You can get all these files in one zip file by clicking on the following link: ThesisFiles.zip.

Main DocumentFront MatterMain MatterClass File

The file main.tex is the document you will use to organize your thesis. This file inputs the related documents to create the front matter, body, and references of the thesis. The compiled version of this document is available in postscript, dvi, and pdf format. The compiled version of this document gives samples of an NMSU thesis along with some advice for writing a thesis and for using these files.

At the minimum you will need main.tex, title.tex, approval.tex, vita.tex, abstract.tex, and nmsuth01.cls. The Front Matter documents are described as follows:

Instructions for Users of Scientific Workplace.

The following table contains files that you will use to produce your thesis. You can get all these files in one zip file by clicking on the following link: ThesisFiles-sw.zip.

Main DocumentFront MatterMain MatterClass File

The file nmsuth01.cls.zip is a compressed file. You need to uncompress it to obtain nmsuth01.cls and nmsuth01.cst.

You will need to download all of the front matter files along with nmsuth01.cls, main-sw.tex, and thesisbody.tex. Place all of these files in the same directory. You should also read the file main-sw.dvi or main-sw.ps or main-sw.pdf for more detailed information about using these files. Place the file nmsuth01.cst in the directory c:\swp35\styles\nmsuth01. You will probably have to first create the directory nmsuth01 inside c:\swp35\styles. You can do this by going to My Computer, opening up the directory c:\swp35\styles, clicking on file, then new, then folder, and then naming the folder nmsuth01. If you use a newer version of Scientific Workplace than 3.5, you should place these files in the appropriate directory (i.e., replace swp35 above by swpxy if you are using version x.y.)

Write the body of your thesis, using any style you wish. You may also write an abstract page in Scientific Workplace. Once you are finished with your typing, open the file thesisbody.tex, delete any text you find, except for the grey boxes right before the sample references. Then click on file, then import contents, and then locate the file for your thesis. Then save the file. Next, edit the files title-sw.tex, approval-sw.tex, dedica-sw.tex, ackno-sw.tex, vita-sw.tex, and abstract-sw.tex, by putting in the appropriate data. Make sure you do not delete any of the blank spaces or other formatting commands. If you typed an abstract, open the file abstract-sw.tex, place the cursor immediately before the first line of the abstract itself (which starts Type your abstract here), click on file, then import contents, and enter the name of your abstract file. Finally, delete the existing line starting with Type your abstract here, and then save.

Once you have modified the front matter pages, open the file main-sw.tex and compile/preview the document three times.

Warning: These files frequently are updated. It is a good idea to talk to Ross Staffeldt or Pat Morandi before using them.


Last Modified: 19 May 2009