Within Google Sheets, the function =SPLIT(IMPORTXML("url here", "//title"),"|") returns the following:

{"Linear Algebra", "School of Mathematics", "College Name", "City Name"} which takes up 4 cells horizontally.

How do I get the first element of this array, "Linear Algebra"?

I don't want to use FIND() and LEFT(), because as far as I can tell it will take XML lookups.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Answered my own question with a little more googling: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/32307788/get-first-item-from-split

=INDEX(SPLIT(IMPORTXML("url here", "//title"),"|"),1,1) works.

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