- Domain Alphabetization Rules
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This page lists the alphabetization rules for this domain, i.e. how
musician's last names are ordered. Thanks to the
Oshkosh Public Library
Information Desk Staff for their assistance in finding the following
pages, and their expert advice:
The 12 Filing Rules [Archive]
18 Filing Rules For Proper Alphabetizing [Archive]
- (PDF Format)
(get Acrobat Reader)
There does not seem be 100% agreement on every alphabetization rule,
and sources like books either follow varying rules, or make up their own.
To be clear, each source should document the rules they use. This is why
this page was created.
- Unless stated otherwise below, last names are listed in the order that
would result if they were sorted by computer. For example,
For varying reasons, a few pages list musicians in last name order,
but in "firstname lastname" format. However, everyone on those pages has
a link to their primary "lastname, firstname" entry. Because of this,
there are literally thousands of names that do not exist anywhere on this
domain in "firstname lastname" format. If you
search for them
that way, they will not be found.
- "A", "An" and "The" are not listed under "A" or "T". For example,
Good Group, A
- "de ", "di " are always listed under "D" and not by the name
following. For example, "de Broux" is listed under "D", not "B". Like
Van below, all last names with "de" or "di " are listed
together, whether they are followed by a space or not, or whether they are
capitalized or not, and are alphabetized as if there were no spaces. For
de los Angeles
- "Ft." / "Fort", "Mt." / "Mount" - are variously used on different
sites to refer to cities like
Fort Atkinson and
Mount Morris. All references on this domain to such cities follow
the spelling used on the city's "Official" Web site.
- "Mc" and "Mac" - are listed between "Mb" and "Md", in order by the
capital letter following the "c", because sometime names are misspelled by
leaving out the "a", when it should have it, or putting it in, when it
shouldn't. If you're not sure whether it has an "a" or not, you only have
to look here in one place, under "Mc". For example, "McDonald" and
"MacDonald" and listed together. If the letter following "Mac" is not
capitalized, the name is listed between "Mab" and "Mad".
So this is clearer, most of the time, "Mc" is preceded by a space, For
- "O'" and "O " are listed before "Oa", For example,
However, if the preferred spelling is "Ni" instead of "O ", the name
is listed under "N". For example,
O Dhomhnaill - See Ni Dhomhnaill
Ni Dhomhnaill, Triona ... not "Dhomhnaill, Triona Ni"
- "St. " - All last names beginning with "St. " are listed as if they
were spelled "Saint", and are listed between "Sah" and "Saj".
- Van - like de/di above, all last names with "Van"
are listed together and alphabetized as if there were no spaces. For
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