### 3.3.3. START

Find starting points through legacy indexes.

 The `START` clause should only be used when accessing legacy indexes. In all other cases, use `MATCH` instead (see Section 3.3.1, “MATCH”).

In Cypher, every query describes a pattern, and in that pattern one can have multiple starting points. A starting point is a relationship or a node where a pattern is anchored. Using `START` you can only introduce starting points by legacy index seeks. Note that trying to use a legacy index that doesn’t exist will generate an error.

This is the graph the examples are using:

#### 3.3.3.1. Get node or relationship from index

##### Node by index seek

When the starting point can be found by using index seeks, it can be done like this: `node:index-name(key = "value")`. In this example, there exists a node index named `nodes`.

Query.

``````START n = node:nodes(name = 'A')
RETURN n``````

The query returns the node indexed with the name “A”.

Result.

``````+-------------------+
| n                 |
+-------------------+
| Node[0]{name:"A"} |
+-------------------+
1 row``````

##### Relationship by index seek

When the starting point can be found by using index seeks, it can be done like this: `relationship:index-name(key = "value")`.

Query.

``````START r = relationship:rels(name = 'Andrés')
RETURN r``````

The relationship indexed with the `name` property set to “Andrés” is returned by the query.

Result.

``````+--------------------------+
| r                        |
+--------------------------+
| :KNOWS[0]{name:"Andrés"} |
+--------------------------+
1 row``````

##### Node by index query

When the starting point can be found by more complex Lucene queries, this is the syntax to use: `node:index-name("query")`.This allows you to write more advanced index queries.

Query.

``````START n = node:nodes("name:A")
RETURN n``````

The node indexed with name "A" is returned by the query.

Result.

``````+-------------------+
| n                 |
+-------------------+
| Node[0]{name:"A"} |
+-------------------+
1 row``````