I am now writing an essay where I need to refer to two books titled 'Encyclopedia of Fine Art' and 'Thesaurus.' Should I put articles before the titles when I use them in a sentence? For example:

(The) recently published 'Thesaurus' provides a comprehensive collection of new terms in art.

There are great examples of contemporary art movements in (the) 'Encyclopedia of Fine Art.'

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These are a rather special type of title, these titles could function as common noun phrases describing the book. That is, the Encylopedia of Fine Art is an encyclopedia of fine art. It is common with such titles for an article to be either part of the title, or for it to be used with an article.

For other types of title, you would not use an article. You would say

You can read about this in the Encyclopedia of Fine Arts.

Since that flows, but,

Woolf's novel, Orlando, is about a young man/woman over 300 years of history.

It would not be correct to say the Orlando.

Your first example is a little odd, since it seems that you are not using the title at all, but a common noun, which happens to also be the title. It depends on the context, but since the title is no enough to identify the book in that case, it may be better to mention the publisher:

Longman's recently published thesaraus ...

(No capital since it is a common noun that is just coincidentally these same as the title)


The first example requires the. It's not optional.

In the second example, the is optional.

By the way, the word thesuarus is not a book title by itself, and shouldn't be captalized, since it's not a proper noun. A thesaurus is a kind of reference book for finding synonyms and sometimes antonyms of words/phrases. A thesaurus would have an actual title such as Roget's Thesaurus, or Concise Oxford Thesaurus. In these examples you should capitalize the word because it's part of the title. Check your source. Also note that book titles don't need quotation marks.

  • Thanks for your answer! In this example, 'Thesaurus' is the title, not an indication of the book's type. It is what is written on the book cover (however, on the second page, it is indicated as Thesaurus (upper line) and The Complete Guide to The Terms in Contemporary Art (lower line) Dec 10, 2022 at 12:27
  • @ArsenyAleev - which thesaurus? What is the ISBN?
    – Billy Kerr
    Dec 10, 2022 at 12:31

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