I am busy messing around with lists and CAML queries:

SPQuery query = new SPQuery();
SPList list;
SPListItemCollection collection;
query = new SPQuery();
query.Query = "<Query><Where><Eq><FieldRef name=\"Title\"></FieldRef><Value Type=\"Text\">BLAH BLAH BLAH</Value></Eq></Where></Query>";
list = Answers.GetListInstance();
collection =  list.GetItems(query);
foreach (SPListItem item in collection)

I'm expecting no matches as I don't have any items with that title.. yet it returns everything. Any ideas?

2 Answers 2


Remove <Query> and </Query> from your string

  • when i do that it throws the error "Not all Fields are properly installed" and this is running of a default list :/ May 7, 2012 at 13:59
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    And change name in FieldRef to Name May 7, 2012 at 14:01
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    Man we really need a basic CAML query troubleshooting wiki page... this question comes up pretty frequently. :)
    – Kit Menke
    May 7, 2012 at 14:01
  • thanks the Name change worked. Kit i would agree with your thought :D! May 7, 2012 at 14:03
  • Also, I hope you are not opening a web and then disposing it in Answers.GetListInstance() because it will be re-opened when you use the SPList... then you have a memory leak.
    – Kit Menke
    May 7, 2012 at 14:03

The code below works for me. You will have to modify it to your needs.

$url = "http://portal.morganstanley.com" $web = Get-SPWeb $url

$list = $web.Lists["TestList"]

$query = New-Object -TypeName Microsoft.SharePoint.SPQuery

$query.Query = @" 2 "@

$items = $list.GetItems($query); Write-Host $items.Count

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