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Referencing: authors with surname particles

Hi! I've been wondering for a long time what the referencing protocol is when dealing with authors who have what I can only describe as those small bits of surname placed separately to what I tend to think of as their surname proper. Examples include De Stasio, Van Winkel, Van Der (der?) Sloot, etc. Is the alphabetisation driven by the last part of the name (Stasio, Winkel, Sloot)? 

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Hi Grace,

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D Litting, 3 years ago

Hi Grace,

We do have an example of how to deal with these type of names tucked away on this webpage, in the artwork section - https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/help/referencing/harvard-uts-referencing-guide/other-sources

In text (van Gogh 1890)
Reference List (this is an online example but shows you how to deal with the author) - 
van Gogh, V. 1890, Undergrowth with two figures, Google Cultural Institute, viewed 4 March 2014, <http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/asset-viewer/undergrowth-with-two-figures/PgGaehoXTiERQQ?projectId=art-project>. 


As to how this would look alphabetically, the ruling is to use the spelling of the surname that is the most common. For example no one refers to van Gogh as Gogh, but Beethoven is almost never called van Beethoven. If you don't know what the most common usage for your author is just reflect whatever is written on the document to hand. 

Hope this helps,


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