Full-text titles, such as books or newspapers, should be italicized. Poems, articles, short tales, and chapters should have their titles in quotation marks. If the name of the book series is italicized, titles of volumes that create a greater body of work may be put in quotation marks. For example: "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey".
Book titles can be difficult to write because they need to be short and descriptive. They also may include some words that other people might not want underlined or printed in large type. Examples of such words are quotations, names of people or places, scientific terms, brand names.
Book titles can be divided into three parts: the title page/cover, the contents pages (or chapters), and the endpapers. The title page/cover includes the title, the author's name, and an indication of whether it is an original publication or a reprint. The contents pages (or chapters) include any necessary information about the contents of the book, while the endpapers are the inner pages of the book with the paper on one side only. Endpapers usually include a description of the subject matter on each side. These descriptions help readers find books by category or interest. They may also include endorsements by famous people who have read and liked the book.
Books often use subheadings within their contents pages to make the reader's task easier when reading long paragraphs or sections.
Long titles, such as novels, movies, or record albums, should be italicized in general. Poems, articles, book chapters, songs, TV episodes, and other shorter works should be titled using quotation marks. This tells readers that what follows is not part of the main text but is instead a separate piece of information.
An example of a long title is John Grisham's The Pelican Brief (1993). An example of a short title is Bob Dylan's song "Mr. Tambourine Man" (1963). Short titles are used when they're helpful to identify who wrote what song; for example, when listing the songs played at a concert. Long titles are usually only needed when you want to distinguish one version of a song from another or if the song is very famous so there's a chance that someone might confuse it with something else.
Short titles are also called song titles. Short titles can be all caps or lowercase, although they often appear in all capitals because this makes them easier to spot in a list.
Long titles are usually placed in italics. This indicates that these words are important and should be read by anyone who is interested in finding out more about the song. Quotation marks are used instead if the song title is considered informal or humorous.
Both short and long titles should be unique.
Poems, essays, book chapters, music, and television shows should all have their titles in quote marks. Otherwise, the reader might think the title is part of the text.
In American English, we do not use quotation marks for titles of books, articles, or films. Instead, we place the title in italics after the word "the". "The Book of Genesis" is correct English. So is "A Woman's Worth", although it sounds a bit odd. "My Book Is Better Than Yours" would be more common if written by someone other than Moses.
In British English, however, you must enclose book titles in double or single quotes. So is "A Woman's Worth", but not "A Woman's Work". Women did not work in those days, probably because there were no jobs to do.
Titles of poems, essays, songs, and short stories are usually placed in quote marks, while non-fiction works without any kind of formal structure such as biographies and autobiographies are often set in italics with an initial capital letter.
The requirements for putting quote marks around titles differ depending on the style guide you choose.
In English-language publications, it is customary to begin titles of books, poems, essays, etc. with capital letters. However, lowercase titles are used in many languages, including French, German, and Spanish. If possible, use the language's proper case for titles.
So, yes, you can start a sentence with a book title.
Italicizes the titles of books, plays, films, magazines, databases, and websites. If the source is part of a larger work, put the title in quotation marks. Articles, articles, chapters, poems, websites, songs, and speeches are all surrounded by quote marks. Titles can sometimes contain additional titles. For example, a novel may have a subtitle as well as a title. In general, use single or double quotes to indicate a title of a source.
Italicize work titles (books, magazines, newspapers, movies, plays, and CDs). For shorter works, use quote marks (book chapters, articles, poems, and songs). Sometimes you'll find yourself trapped and unsure of what punctuation to use. In that case, follow the title style used by the publisher.
For example, an article in a magazine is titled "How to Have Your Baby on $10 a Day".
The title should be short and to-the-point. If it doesn't fit these requirements, then it isn't necessary.
Books and articles often include a table of contents (TOC) for navigating through their content. This is usually indicated by an introductory paragraph that lists the topics covered in the piece, such as "This chapter discusses..." or "See page xi for details about...". The TOC can be found at the beginning of the text or attached as an appendix. In cases where there is no explicit TOC, consider using headings or subheadings to indicate major topics; however, do not use too many of these, as this may confuse readers.
A book's title page includes the title, author(s), publisher, publication date, and sometimes other information. Most books also have an abstract: a brief summary of the book's content. Abstracts are often included in academic journals, but they are also found in more general publications.
If the source is self-contained and independent, italicize the title. In quote marks are articles, essays, chapters, poetry, websites, songs, and speeches...
Otherwise, don't italicize them. Use quotes or not at all.