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Overleaf - LaTeX: Books and Dissertations

Getting started

To write a book or dissertation in LaTeX, it is recommended that you change your document class to book. By using the article class book, you can add chapters to your document.

\documentclass{book}

Another document class that may be useful in writing longer documents with chapters is the report class.

Adding chapters and table of contents

The ideal way to add chapters to your LaTeX document while writing a book is by creating a separate file for each chapter. These individual chapter files do not need a preamble. All you need to add at the beginning of each chapter file is the name of the chapter using the \chapter{..} command.

\chapter{Introduction}

This is my first Chapter.

Using the \input{..} command in your root document (titled main.tex by default), you can add in your chapters.

\begin{document}

\maketitle

    \input{Chapter1}

    \input{Chapter2}

    \input{Chapter3}

\end{document}

You can further add a table of contents to your document using the \tableofcontents command. This command automatically uses the information entered for each chapter to generate a table of contents for your document. 

\begin{document}

\maketitle

\tableofcontents

    \input{Chapter1}

    \input{Chapter2}

    \input{Chapter3}

\end{document}

Other useful sections to add to your book or dissertation could be a list of tables or figures.