# FAQ overflow

#### QUESTION

I'm starting a PhD and am being overwhelmed with the different possible ways people do things, and how they very rarely mix.

I'm (obviously) sold on TeXing it, and have a ViM background I intend on continuing, and am using Mendeley for article tracking.

Can anyone suggest/recommend a 'system' guide for managing a thesis-size work in TeX including citing/referencing/bibliography, images and charts etc?

Another nice aid would be a way of integrating a project diary in the same system, but I'm open to experienced ideas about that.

I used TeX for my MEng thesis but I'll admit that at the end it was barely holding together with the equivalent of duct-tape and love, would like to start off this with a bit more contributed-wisdom.

Either way, unless the guide you recommend has already done an exemplary job, I plan on writing up my own 'guide' to hopefully help someone else down the line.

Start fresh from a good base class. book, memoir or Koma and modify as you need.
• Last but not the least, start typing your thesis immediately. When I wrote mine I had two extra files, one called journal.tex and another todo.tex, but that was a long way ago and there are better ways for this sort of thing now. Currently at work I use a localhost with a wordpress installation for these. I also use Jabref for managing references.