On-site enterprise install of SP 2013.

I have a list called Questions. This list has a Title, ID, and a custom field called "Question" that is a Multiple Line of Text field set to type: Plain Text.

I've created a second list called LPA_Questions that contains a Lookup to my Questions list. So far so good. Although I should note that I notice when setting up this custom column, the Question column is not one of my choices to display - I'm only offered Id, Title, Modified, Created Version.

So, I'm trying to execute a _api/web query on the LPA_Questions list and expand the Question field.

This works:


This does not:



The query to field 'Question/Question' is not valid.

Am I missing something obvious here?

  • Just for fun I tried this: _vti_bin/listdata.svc/LPA_Questions?$select=Question/Id,Question/Title,Question/Question&$expand=Question The listdata.svc had no problems. Is there a difference in the way the _api/web handles things and listdata.svc?
    – skrile
    Aug 14, 2014 at 12:06
  • I too am having this issue. Did you ever fix it? Jan 8, 2015 at 21:44
  • dinushaonline.blogspot.in/2014/09/…
    – user13408
    Nov 2, 2015 at 17:37
  • The problem is that $expand only supports a limited set of column types. This other answer says that you can only select/expand columns that are single line of text, date/time, or number. I don't have a good way to work around this, other than to select the linked Question by ID using a second call.
    – Coderer
    Aug 10, 2020 at 14:52

1 Answer 1


Try using the query string (my caps may be off) &$select=FieldValuesAsText,FieldValuesAsHtml&$expand=FieldValuesAsText,FieldValuesAsHtml

This should allow for those fields to be returned inside of the FieldValuesAsText key/node

  • Nope. Your example isn't referencing a lookup field. _api/web/lists/getbytitle('Project_Team')/items?$select=Project/Description&$expand=Project This example expands Project (the lookup field) and tries to retrieve the Project/Description field which is a Rich Text field. Sharepoint responds with "The query to field 'Project/Description' is not valid."
    – skrile
    Aug 9, 2016 at 13:27
  • I tried as you said, however, expading the select items query to also FieldValuesAsHtml etc... only returns the URI for that column, not the rest of the data :(
    – Alberto S.
    Aug 24, 2018 at 10:46

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