I have troubles with CAML Query and GetItems method from SPList.

I get a SPList from web context:

SPList docTypeList = _web.GetList(string.Format("{0}{1}", web.ServerRelativeUrl, "DocumentType"));

The list contains multiple values.

I want to search in it only the value which has a field called DocumentType with the value "MyValue1". (case sensitive)

I am using the CAML Query:

var queryBuilder = new CAMLQueryBuilder();
            queryBuilder.AddComparison("DocumentType", CAMLQueryBuilder.COMPARISON_TYPE.Eq, "MyValue1");

var query = new SPQuery { Query = queryBuilder.GenerateCAML() };
SPListItemCollection queryResultItems = docTypeList.GetItems(query);

In this case it returns as result a record which has the field "DocumentType" having the value "myvalue1", it does not take care about string sensitive.

Is there a possibility to get Items considering sensitive cases?

Thanks for suggestions!

  • Possible DUPLICATE of stackoverflow.com/questions/11404270/…
    – Evariste
    Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 15:40
  • 1
    It's all case insensitive, after getting the results, you'd need to iterate thru and do your own case sensitivity checking. Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 15:42
  • @Evariste -> thanks. It seems the query are case-insensitive, and it is necessary to filter the results.
    – mihai
    Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 15:46
  • @Eric -> you're right, thanks. Maybe you know, is there a simple way of iterating through items within the SPListItemCollection and extract item Fields values ?
    – mihai
    Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 15:46
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    The only way is to run your CAML query, get all results (case-insensitive) and process each of them in a foreach loop to check item["DocumentType"]against "MyValue1"(case-sensitive comparision with string.Equals).
    – Evariste
    Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 15:48

1 Answer 1


As @Evariste and @Eric mentioned in comments: CAML Query is case-insensitive.

The solution was to filter the results from

SPListItemCollection queryResultItems = docTypeList.GetItems(query);

and check for case-sensitive.

I created a small method which does this.

private SPListItem FindCaseSensitive(string documentType, IEnumerable items)
    SPListItem foundItem = null;
    if (items == null) return null;

    foreach (var item in items)
        var spItem = item as SPListItem;
        if (spItem == null) continue;

        var propertyValue = spItem["DocumentType"];
        if (!propertyValue.ToString().Equals(documentType)) continue;

        foundItem = spItem;
    return foundItem;

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