Find a Course by SIS Course ID, when given only part of that SIS ID?

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In my custom application, I have a program that successfully searches for and finds a course when given its SIS Course ID. Using this code written in PHP Laravel:

$sis_course_id = $request->sis_course_id; //gets the SIS Course ID
$courseURL = "$sis_course_id"; //parsed into a cURL request, gets the data from this endpoint with the matching SIS Course ID.

This code works perfectly if I have the precise SIS Course ID as saved in the Canvas endpoint. But it fails if I type in only part of that SIS Course ID, which is what I've been asked to do. Instead of the full course name (e.g "xxx-somePhraseWithNumbers11Here"), they want it possible to search with just a fraction of that (i.e the "somePhraseWithNumbers11Here" part, without the "xxx-" portion.

I've been reviewing the Canvas documentation on the courses endpoint once again, but if what I am looking to do is listed in there as a function, I seem to have overlooked it.

Is it possible to find a course given only part of its SIS ID? Any thoughts would be very useful

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Rather than the course endpoints, look at the account ones.  This might be of use:


Results will be broader than you want as it searches names and codes as well as SIS IDs.  So you will need to filter the results.

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