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Question to experienced thesis writers: Is it appropriate to have an abstract-like heading to a chapter in a thesis? I notice the abstract environment does not work in uwthesis.cls, so I have been using \begin{quote} and \end{quote}, which looks OK but doesn't tighten the spacing or make the font smaller (which I like). Or Has anyone else dealt with this issue? Is there a way to "revive" the abstract environment in the uwthesis documentstyle? Thanks, Eli 23:57, 15 May 2008 (PDT)

I'm afraid that I know nothing about reviving the abstract environment in uwthesis, having taken out the individual paper abstracts for my own dissertation. May I ask if the Grad School would even allow the tighter spacing and smaller font? Also, there is a section called \abstract{} in uwthesis which is the abstract for the thesis as a whole and has specific formatting requirements (all of which are taken care-of by the class). One funny thing I ran into about this whole-document abstract is that if it goes beyond 1 page (which is hard not to do) and you're using 2-sided formatting, then you get a blank page in the middle of your abstract. It took me a while to wake up to the fact that this was probably intentional to make the abstract occur only on the right-hand pages.
-Ian 08:13, 16 May 2008 (PDT)
I remember reading about an overall abstract being allowed by the Grad School, but I don't know about one for each chapter, so I agree with Ian that you should check about that first.
--Ksee 13:41, 18 May 2008 (PDT)
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