Guide for setting up your Mac OS to write technical papers

My daughter is starting college this week. We bought her a Mac Book Air. This page is dedicated to first-year college students. Starting college (or graduate school) means doing a lot of homework, writing papers, citing your sources, and conducting calculations or technical analyses. Fortunately, with an integrated set of open source programs, your documentation workflow and production can be accomplished efficiently and with high quality. This approach saves time (and maybe money!