i'm having a problem that i can't solve here is the code.<BR><%<BR>Set oConn = server.createobject("adodb.connection")<BR>oConn.o pen "Phone"<BR>SQL = "Select '<OPTION Value='''& department &'''>' & department & '</option>' from phonebook"<BR>oConn.Execute(SQL)<BR><BR>* Response.write "<select>" & "vbNewLine" & oConn.GetString(,,"",vbNewLine) & "</select>"<BR><BR><BR>The problem lies in the line with a * at the front. Why doesn't this work? please help. Driving me insane over here. Thanks.