I have a list in SharePoint and it contains a lookup field. Now I want to insert an item to this list, but don't know how to work with the lookup field. I tried the following code but no item is added.

SPFieldLookupValue gov = new SPFieldLookupValue(gv.SelectedValue);
items["gov_name"] = gov.LookupValue;

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Please, take a look at this question. So you can do something like this:

SPListItem lookedUpItem =  GetItemSomeHow();
newItem[lookupField] = new SPFieldLookupValue( lookedUpItem.ID, lookedUpItem.Title);

Hope it helps. If so, please, don't forget to press upvote and mark as answer. :)

  • Thanks for reply but What's getitemsomehow ??
    – NOOR
    Apr 13, 2013 at 20:33
  • this means that you need to obtain an SPListItem object you want to lookup to. For instance it could look like: SPListItem lookedUpItem=web.Lists["SomeList"].Items[1] for the item with ID=1 in the list "SomeList";
    – MikhailSP
    Apr 13, 2013 at 20:40

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