Alphabetizing

September Q&A

Q. I have an author with (let’s say) the last name St. James and am having a hard time figuring out the correct form for her bibliography entry. Is it correct to write St. James, Bertha? Or James, St. Bertha? HELP!!

A. Having the surname St. James doesn’t make one Saint James—or Saint Bertha; Bertha’s surname starts with S.