Most of the document structure will be generated automatically without you having to set it up manually, saving you several hours of layout twiddling.
The Graduate School and I recommend you use Overleaf.
I answer puthesis questions about La Te X and how to use the Overleaf interface to La Te X.
You can make the file containing the references (Bib Tex file) using the web site Cite ULike instead.
A reference manager comes with additional handy features though.
On the Apple computers, Bib Desk is the best because its freeware with Pub Med import, easy keyword tagging, and PDF linking/viewing.
If you adapt the template, change the layout, iron out glitches, write explanations, etc.
Some reference management tools can generate Bib Te X files of your library or folders for use in your La Te X documents. Just send it to your co-authors, and they can review, comment and edit.
Overleaf synchronizes changes from all authors, so everyone always has the latest version.
Bib Te X is a file format used for lists of references for La Te X documents.
Many citation management tools support the ability to export and import lists of references in format.