Title page

Title page

The title page or (which is no longer synonymous with frontispiece in modern usage) of a book, thesis or other written work is the page at or near the front which displays its title, and author, as well as other information.

Title pages in books

The title page is one of the most important parts of the "front matter" or "preliminaries" of a book, and may contain a longer title than the cover. Further information about the publication of the book, including its copyright, is frequently printed on the verso of the title page. Also included is the ISBN and printers key also known as the number line which indicates the printing status.

The first printed books or incunabula did not have title pages. The text would begin on the first page, and the book would have to be identified by the initial words or incipit.

Title pages in papers and thesis

The title page of a thesis or essay is the work's first page. It lists the title of the work, and the name of the author.

In the case of an academic paper, the title page also lists class information (such as the course name and number), identification information (such as the student number), the date, name of the professor, and name of the institution. The title page is not numbered.

Title pages are not required in all citation styles; instead, some styles require that the same information is placed at the top of the essay's first page.

The title page for a thesis contains the full title, the author's name and academic credentials, the degree-granting faculty and department name, the name of the university and date of graduation, and the universal copyright symbol. The thesis title page is usually page i, but is not numbered; the abstract (page ii) is the

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External links

* [http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/exhibns/month/june2006.html GLASGOW UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS DEPARTMENT, Book of the Month]
* [http://www.swaen.com/archive-thumbnail-catalogue.php?categories=204 High resolution scans of title pages]


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  • title page — n. the page in the front of a book that gives the title, author, publisher, etc …   English World dictionary

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  • title page — Synonyms and related words: acknowledgments, back, back matter, banner, banner head, bastard title, bibliography, billhead, book stamp, bookplate, brand, broad arrow, cachet, caption, catch line, catchword, check, colophon, contents, contents… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • title page — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms title page : singular title page plural title pages the page at the front of a book that shows its title, the name of the writer etc …   English dictionary

  • title page — ti′tle page n. lib pri the page at the beginning of a volume that bears the title, author s name, and publication information • Etymology: 1605–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • title page — noun Date: 1594 a page of a book bearing the title and usually the names of the author and publisher and the place and sometimes date of publication …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • title page — the page at the beginning of a volume that indicates the title, author s or editor s name, and the publication information, usually the publisher and the place and date of publication. [1605 15] * * * …   Universalium

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