Ms. Mimi Burbank has created a Latex package
facilitates Ph.D.s to write their dissertations conforming to FSU's
requirements on the writing style. The latest version of her package
can be obtained from the following website
Below, I give a brief description of how to use the package under the unix system at the Statistics Department.
1. Two key files: fsuthesis.clsand Chicago.clo
These two files define the Latex style that conforms to FSU's
requirements. If you do not have a good understanding of Latex, you
should not make any changes to them.
2. A sample thesis that shows how to use the package. The sample includes the following files:
sample.tex This is the main tex file that puts together all revelent files to make a dissertation.
front.tex This file includes dedication, acknowledgement, and abstract.
introduction.tex This file contains the introduction to the thesis.
conclusions.tex This file contains the conclusions of the thesis.
appendixOne.tex This file gives the first appendix.
appendixTwo.tex The second appendix.
biosketch.tex A biographical sketch of the writer
file gives a list of reference given in the Latex format.
These sample files came from Ms. Burbank's package. Apparently, it
illustrates how to useher package for a Master's thesis. That's why the
word 'thesis' is used on both the title page (the second page) and the
signature page (the third page) and also the title page writes 'Master
of Science'. To make it work for Ph.D. dissertation, a user should
modify the file 'sample.tex' and 'fsuthesis.cls'.
Pay attention to how the file 'sample.tex' puts other files in place in
order to use them. For example, to put dedication, acknowledgement, and
abstract in the thesis, the file 'sample.tex' uses the command
and to start the conclusion chapter, the file uses the sequence of two commands
3. Help files: fsuguide.pdf
The .pdf file gives detailed instructions on how to use the package and
other useful information on Latex. It is VERY helpful.
4. Revelent commands under the unix system
Put all the above files in one directory and follow the following steps
to get the thesis off the printer 'lw' in the computer lab.
a.) To compile the Latex files and generate a .dvi file, use the command
b.) To take a look at the .dvi file on the computer screen, use the command
xdvi sample.dvi &
c.) To convert the .dvi file to the postscript file, use the command
d.) To print the postscript file to the printer 'lw', use the command
Created by Shaojun Zhang