Recipes for latex and bibtex

LaTeX is a programming language to produce documents using TeX and is widely used in the physical sciences.  Most publishers of journals in astronomy, physics, and mathematics prefer or require authors to use this language.  I use it also for snailmail, presentations and this website.  It offers extensive facilities to automate most aspects of publishing, including numbering and cross-referencing of sections, tables, figures, pages, contents, indices, and citations.  For the latter, BibTeX automates the citation and reference production.  In astronomy, coupling of LaTeX and BibTeX with the fabulous near-complete ADS literature database is spendidly efficient.  My own habits in this combining are detailed here.

The first subsection below contains a succinct manual for writing a report or article with LaTeX and BibTeX, with a fairly complete example.  The second treats the production of multi-panel figures within LaTex. The third treats linking citations to ADS.