Attempting to retrieve items from a list where field School_id is equal to a school_id javascript variable, and using SPServices GetListItems operation.

If I run the script without the CAMLQuery: Parameter, it returns all items on the list which is great, however when I add the Query to filter my returns I get

POST [server Address redacted] 500 (Internal Server Error)

I assume there's something wrong with my Query, I've already tried removing the tags but yields same result.

Is it possible that it actually is a server side error despite it successfully returning data with the Query absent?

  <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
    // http://spservices.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=GetListItems&referringTitle=Lists
    $(document).ready(function() {

    var school_id = getQueryVariable("school_id");  

    operation: "GetListItems",
    async: false,
    listName: "Contacts",
    CAMLViewFields:  "<ViewFields><FieldRef Name='Title' /><FieldRef Name='FirstName' /></ViewFields>",
    CAMLQuery: "<Query><Where><eq><FieldRef Name='school_x0020_id'/><Value Type='Text'>" + "4440" + "</Value> </eq> </Where></Query>",
    completefunc: function (xData, Status) {
      $(xData.responseXML).SPFilterNode("z:row").each(function() {
        var liHtml = "<li>" + $(this).attr("ows_Title") + ", " + $(this).attr("ows_FirstName") + "</li>";

<ul id="ContactsUL"/>
  • next time use CamlJs to help you write the caml query for sharepoint, they have an amazing Chrome addin as well.
    – dinnouti
    Jan 6, 2017 at 16:21

3 Answers 3


Try this Query

CAMLQuery: "<Query><Where><Eq><FieldRef Name='school_x0020_id'/><Value Type='Text'>4440</Value></Eq></Where></Query>",
  • Thanks. After changing the casing in fieldref to match as well as it works now.
    – Essah
    May 25, 2015 at 9:04
  • I would have also checked your CAMLViewFields. <FieldRef Name='School_x0020_id' /> is not in there. And in the above answer, it would need School_x0020_id (capital letter), not what is above (which has a lowercase letter).
    – vapcguy
    Jan 6, 2016 at 14:51
  • how to fetch the calculated column from the splist in sp services? it it possible to fetch it and assign it o a string variable ?
    – samolpp2
    Apr 2, 2018 at 17:31

Try changing your

<eq>  </eq> 

tags to

<Eq> </Eq>

I think case matters for those tags.


I see a couple things,

  • eq should be Eq
  • is school id the name of your column? Make sure the casing is correct.
  • Lookup values should be represented like:

    <Eq> <FieldRef Name='RelatedIssues' LookupId='True' /> <Value Type='Lookup'>4440</Value> </Eq>

Also look at the Biwug CAML Designer for all your CAML querying needs.

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