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I would like a citation command to reference and print only the last name(s) of the author(s) of my sources while writing my thesis in biblatex-chicago (which would include an hyperlink as well).

What should I do to achieve this?

For example, given the following reference in my .bib file,

   @BOOK{GThomson,
   title = {Rethinking Secondary Education: A Human-Centred Approach},
   publisher = {Pearson Education},
   year = {2012},
   author = {{Gill, Scherto} and {Thomson, Garrett}},
   address = {Great Britain},
   edition = {1st}
   }

how can I reference the authors as "Gill and Thomson" in my thesis instead of "Gill, Scherto and Thomson, Garrett" (with an added hyperlink hopefully as well)?

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    Remove the braces around the author names as they prevent parsing into name parts (first name, last name, etc.): author = {Gill, Scherto and Thomson, Garrett}
    – Audrey
    Jul 8, 2013 at 14:45
  • If I do that, then the author names appear in the wrong order in the references. Even if I successfully did that, what should I do next to cite the last name of the book authors? Jul 8, 2013 at 15:09
  • I think you mean author = { Gill Scherto and Thomson Garrett} or author = {Scherto, Gill and Garrett, Thomson} Jul 8, 2013 at 15:13
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    @AakarshGottumukkala The order isn't wrong; it conforms to the Chicago style. If you want to change it use, say: \DeclareNameAlias{sortname}{last-first}. To cite the author's last names, use \citeauthor{GThomson}. To add a hyperlink, redefine \citeauthor.
    – Audrey
    Jul 8, 2013 at 15:35
  • @Audrey Please make your comments an answer
    – Joseph Wright
    Aug 24, 2013 at 8:13

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The order isn't wrong; it conforms to the Chicago style. If you want to change it use, say: \DeclareNameAlias{sortname}{last-first} in your document preamble or biblatex configuration file. To cite the author's last names, use \citeauthor{GThomson}. To add a hyperlink, redefine \citeauthor.

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