I use REST/JSON to query Sharepoint 2013 where "expand" helps me to retrieve the authors name from a foreign list.


Because selecting Author/* does not work I'm having a hard time finding out the fieldnames of that list.


Due to my lack of understanding where those foreign lists reside I haven't been able to find them in my sharepoint-installation. Asking Google and MSDN could not help me either. I found some basic concepts - but none of them provided that information.

So where can I find those foreign lists and query them?

Where can I find a list of those lists - "Author" doesn't seem to be the only one...

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If I understand you correctly you need ListName or ListGuid of Lookup field ?

You can get it from /_api/lists/getbytitle('list1')/Fields - here you find Author Lookup field and Guid of list you are looking for.

Inside of Field XML you get this, like in my example:


To get all items inside of Lookup list: _api/web/Lists(guid'5cc890cb-1974-4142-9939-c41c2539e03e')/items

Use PostMan or some similar plugins to display this XML more friendly.

It would be better to describe the main goal. Hope this helps.

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