WHERE

Specifies the search condition for the rows returned by the query.

Syntax

[ WHERE <search_condition> ]

Arguments

<search_condition>

Defines the condition to be met for the rows to be returned. There is no limit to the number of predicates that can be included in a search condition. For more information about predicates, see Predicates.

Examples

The following examples show how to use some common search conditions in the WHERE clause.

A. Finding a row by using a simple equality

-- Uses AdventureWorksDW

SELECT EmployeeKey, LastName
  FROM DimEmployee
 WHERE LastName = 'Smith' ;

B. Finding rows that contain a value as part of a string

-- Uses AdventureWorksDW

SELECT EmployeeKey, LastName
  FROM DimEmployee
 WHERE LastName LIKE ('%Smi%');

C. Finding rows by using a comparison operator

-- Uses AdventureWorksDW

SELECT EmployeeKey, LastName
  FROM DimEmployee
 WHERE EmployeeKey  <= 500;

D. Finding rows that meet any of three conditions

-- Uses AdventureWorksDW

SELECT EmployeeKey, LastName
  FROM DimEmployee
 WHERE EmployeeKey = 1 OR EmployeeKey = 8 OR EmployeeKey = 12;
  1. Finding rows that must meet several conditions
-- Uses AdventureWorksDW

SELECT EmployeeKey, LastName
  FROM DimEmployee
 WHERE EmployeeKey <= 500 AND LastName LIKE '%Smi%' AND FirstName LIKE '%A%';
  1. Finding rows that are in a list of values
-- Uses AdventureWorksDW

SELECT EmployeeKey, LastName
  FROM DimEmployee
 WHERE LastName IN ('Smith', 'Godfrey', 'Johnson');
  1. Finding rows that have a value between two values
-- Uses AdventureWorksDW

SELECT EmployeeKey, LastName
  FROM DimEmployee
 WHERE EmployeeKey Between 100 AND 200;

See Also

  • DELETE
  • Predicates
  • SELECT
  • UPDATE