Overleaf is a free online collaborative LaTeX editor with integrated real-time preview. It offers hundreds of templates for arXiv, journal publishers, presentations, exams, dissertations, and more. The Library licenses Overleaf for Institutions to provide access to premium features for faculty, students, and staff. Sign up with or add your Berkeley email address to get access to these features:
Non-UC Berkeley users can also sign up for a free Overleaf account that includes unlimited private projects, up to 1 collaborator, and direct submission to selected publishers.
Overleaf offers extensive documentation for learning about both LaTeX and Overleaf. It also hosts templates customized for UC Berkeley thesis, presentations, and more.
The Library also provides basic training on writing in LaTeX through our LaTeX in Engineering & Physical Sciences guide and VOLT tutorials.
Using Zotero with Overleaf
Google Docs is available to UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff through bDrive, the UC Berkeley instance of Google Drive. This is a popular option for collaborating with others on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms with unlimited storage. Zotero and Paperpile citation managers can be integrated with Google Docs to easily add citations and create bibliographies in documents.
Other emerging collaborative writing tools include Authorea, Fidus Writer, Manubot, and Manuscripts. Many of these tools support writing in Markdown and/or LaTeX. Nature recently published a story on Synchronized editing: the future of collaborative writing that discusses these tools.
Are you looking to improve your technical and scientific communication skills in English? These resources may help:
Zotero is a free and easy-to-learn tool that you can use to collect, manage, and cite references from your research. You can also collaborate with groups, add notes, and organize PDF files. A free account comes with 300MB of online storage space.
Visit the Zotero guide for more information.
Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that allows you to organize your references across multiple devices, automatically generate bibliographies, and share references with collaborators online. A free account offers 2GB of storage space and the ability to create 1 private group with up to 3 members.
Visit the Mendeley guide for more information.
Citation management software helps you to collect and organize papers, cite sources, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.
Popular citation management tools in the sciences and engineering include: