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Citation Management and Writing Tools: Overleaf

A guide describing software to help with citation management, writing, and other parts of the research process.

Overleaf overview

Overleaf is an online LaTeX and Rich Text collaborative writing and publishing tool that makes the whole process of writing, editing and publishing scientific documents much quicker and easier.

  • collaborate and share papers with others
  • write in LaTeX or rich text
  • find LaTeX errors and get support
  • use pre-existing templates
  • directly submit to some publishers

MIT's Overleaf Professional/Premium account gets you:

  • 20GB of storage
  • 1000 files per project

Learn more about other features of Professional/Premium.

Get started with Overleaf

  1. Register for an MIT Overleaf Professional/Premium account
    • Go to and sign up. You will be automatically added to the MIT Professional/Premium account if you use your email. Otherwise you will be asked to verify your MIT affiliation through an email.
    • Lincoln Lab members may use their address to access the MIT Professional/Premium account. Other MIT affiliates must use their address.

    Already have an account?

    • If you used another email address, you will be invited to validate your MIT affiliation when you sign in from the MIT IP address range or you can sign in to link your accounts.

  2. Choose a template to create a new project.
  3. Link Overleaf to your Zotero or Mendeley account to add citations.
  4. Have questions?

Click the Quick Start tab for links to useful resources or the FAQ & Help tab if you have specific questions about Overleaf or LaTeX.


What happens to my Overleaf account when I leave MIT?

MIT Overleaf Professional/Premium is available to all current MIT faculty, students, and staff. You need a valid email (not a email with the exception of account holders) to have a MIT Overleaf Professional/Premium account. When you graduate or leave MIT and can no longer validate your or email, your account will be downgraded to an Overleaf Personal account.

Downgraded users will not lose any of their data or projects, but they will no longer have access to the Professional/Premium features, including the ability to add additional collaborators to their projects.

Learn more about the different Overleaf account options and features


MIT Thesis Template in Overleaf

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