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CTAN for Starters

Jim Hefferon


Newcomers to TeX can have trouble finding their way around. As with many other community-supported projects, beginners can get the sense that only insiders or old-timers can get the tool to do its magic. One of the secrets to TeX success is to know where to find resources on the Internet that you can use. This article guides you through finding and using resources from the TeX community's archive, The Comprehensive TeX Archive Network (CTAN).

Jim Hefferon is Professor of Mathematics at Saint Michael's College, Colchester, Vermont (USA). He is also the maintainer of the US CTAN site and a is member of The PracTeX Journal Editorial Board. You can reach Jim at


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