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I am a complete newcomer to LaTeX. Here is what I am attempting to do - combine a thesis template (made with the report class) with a template based on the apa6 class. In other words, I need the following front matter from the thesis template (title page, abstract, dedication, acknowledgements, table of contents [including roman page numbering beginning on page iii]) and the following items from the apa6 class template (APA style headings, reference styles, running heads, etc. (with arabic numbering beginning with the first page of chapter 1) for everything else.

The thesis code is located here. The apa6 template is found in the apa6 documentation, in particular the shortsample.tex file that comes with apa6.cls.

Any pointers here? What I should try? Where I should look next?

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Welcome to TeX.SX! –  Umar Kalim Feb 17 '13 at 5:16
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Here is one approach:

  1. download the apa6e.dtx class.
  2. Change line 240 to pass the option to report rather than article

      \PassOptionsToClass{\CurrentOption}{report}%
    
  3. Change line 243 to load report

      \LoadClass[12pt]{report}
    

Generate the class by latexing the changed file and the .ins file.

The above will change the class to load the report rather than the article base class. In your document add the thesis items you want to retain in the preamble, such as the changes in geometry, load specific packages etc.

If you feel adventurous, you change the name of the class (you need to do it as per the Licence) and incorporate your own changes. Not too difficult to do, but requires a little bit of reading. Read the clsguide for help.

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Thank you for the prompt response. I made the changes you indicated though I couldn't figure out what to do about the .ins file. Unfortunately, being a complete newbie, I don't know what to do next. I realize there is a multitude of info online, but I'm not even sure of what I should be searching for. What resources should I be accessing to learn how to add the preamble elements I want? –  william Feb 17 '13 at 18:04
    
@william Save everything in the directory you are going to work. pdflatex both files (.dtx and .ins) and you will have the class file generated (check for .cls incorporating your changes). The new class will be based on report. If you are not in a hurry, I can post more instructions tomorrow sometime. –  Yiannis Lazarides Feb 17 '13 at 18:18
    
More instructions would be great. Thank you. –  william Feb 18 '13 at 3:30
    
I think I've figured out a way around this by simply adding preamble material and changing the pagestyle, page numbering by using setcounter, etc. Thank you for the help though. –  william Feb 19 '13 at 1:10
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I am basically trying to do the same thing like you did, and I am a newbie too. It would be really great if you could share what you have tried successfully!

(Update: Thanks for the XZS and egreg's comment. I understand I should be commenting instead of answering, but there is no way I can comment without reputation and since William mentioned that he had a solution, I really would like to see if it is possible for him to share his finding... Or should I ask the same question again? I really have exactly the same question as William's.)

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Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. I think your inquiry would be better placed as a comment to the question. –  XZS Dec 7 '13 at 16:18
    
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. –  egreg Dec 7 '13 at 16:18
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