I'm using the Search Api to get the last modified documents by the person using the search. My search string is looking like that:

https://www.intranet.i/site/_api/search/query?querytext='* author:<UserName>'&rowlimit=5&sortlist='LastModifiedTime:descending'&refinementfilters='IsDocument:true'

But there were no search results returned, any advice?

Thanks in advance!


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I think the "show-stopper" is the use of the * in your query.

Try it like this instead:


You should be able to use the wildcard (*) together with a porperty name though, like


I have found this tool https://sp2013searchtool.codeplex.com/, which helps you construct and try your queries :)

Edit Seems you are also having problems with the refinementfilters part. In this case I think you should add that part to your querystring instead:

https://www.intranet.i/site/_api/search/query?querytext='author:<UserName> IsDocument:true'&rowlimit=5&sortlist='LastModifiedTime:descending'
  • thanks. without the refinementfilter it works fine, but with the refinementfilter i'm getting no results
    – mbauer
    Feb 26, 2014 at 8:38
  • Can't you just add the refinement filter to your querytext instead? Feb 26, 2014 at 8:42
  • No problem, glad to help :) Feb 26, 2014 at 8:57

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