Currently I am using a foreach loop to find the item I want by its title using the following code:

                SPList list = web.Lists.TryGetList("DocumentLibrary");
                foreach (SPListItem item in list.Items)
                    if (item.Title == "Title")
                        return true;

Is there a faster way to do this? Perhaps a CAML query?

2 Answers 2


You can also use SPQuery and a CAML query, like below. I also agree with what Dave Wise said about PortalSiteMapProvider class.

SPQuery query = new SPQuery();
query.Query = "<Where><Eq><FieldRef Name=\"Title\" /><Value Type=\"Text\">YourTitle</Value></Eq></Where>";
query.RowLimit = 1;
query.ViewFields = "";
SPListItemCollection items = list.GetItems(query);
SPListItem item = items[0];
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    It should also be noted the PortalSiteMapProvider class only improves performance if the data is changed infrequently. Here's an excerpt from the article provided by @Dave Wise: "Also, using the above methods to fetch data which frequently changes can also be counterproductive. If the data changes frequently, it will be frequently invalidated and re-fetched from that database negating the benefits of caching. The invalidation mechanism is relatively coarse, with a change to a particular item invalidating any data in the same web as the item."
    – iOnline247
    Mar 14, 2012 at 19:00
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    Take care in the query it's </Eq> before </Where>. They're a mistake here. query.Query = "<Where>" + "<Eq>" + "<FieldRef Name=\"Title\"/>" + "<Value Type=\"Text\">YourTitle</Value>" + "</Eq>" + "</Where>"; query.ViewFields = "";
    – user16099
    Apr 4, 2013 at 10:21

The PortalSiteMapProvider is the fastest way to access content and you should be able to do what you need with that.

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