This page contains frequently asked questions send to the LaTeX Support with fixes and/or explanations.

“Where can I find a template for my thesis?”

If you plan on using Overleaf for your project you can use the template found here. This template can also be downloaded through gitlab.

However, before committing yourself to a template, be sure to ask your supervisor for specific requirements since that can differ from thesis to thesis and the template is only for general purpose.

If there are specific requirements to your thesis and they seem too cumbersome to try out yourself, please contact the support and we’ll sort something out.


“Why don’t my source show up in my bibliography?”

By default a source has to be cited to show up in the bibliography. This is due to the numbering of the citations and sources. If you don’t cite your source it won’t be numbered. If you want to get around this you can write \nocite{*} somewhere after \begin{document} and sources in your .bib file will show up

“My citations don’t show up like I want them to. How do I change this?”

Look to your preamble in your document and look for where the biblatex package is used. It has a parameter called style which can take one of a couple of different options. The most common one would be to set style=numeric such that citations are numbered. However, alphabetical, authoryear and authortitle might also fit your needs.

“The bibliography doesn’t seem to change when I change the code.”

This commonly occurs when you want to change the style of the bibliography.

Since the bibliography is handled in external and sometimes hidden files, this can be a bit tricky to troubleshoot. The easy route is to clear the cache of the project. In Overleaf you have to navigate to “Logs and output files” (which is to the right of the “Recompile” button). A trashcan icon can be found on the bottom right of this window. Clicking this will erase cached files forcing LaTeX to refresh bibliography’s settings and hopefully fixing the problem.

Template specific

“My margins change on every other page? How do I make them consistent?”

When defining the document class (e.g. \documentclass{article} there are options to give it parameters such as twoside which shifts the margin on every other page. This is smart if you intend on printing the document since it will leave a wider margin in the middle when you hold the document in person.