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Finding the thesis at Shodhganga from a Google Search

 by Muhammed Afzal P.

Dr. Afzal gives two quick tips to find the details of thesis from Shodhganga whose chapter is retrieved through Google search.

While searching online, we sometimes come across chapters from PhD dissertations uploaded in Shodhganga (the digital repository of theses submitted to Indian universities).

For example, when we search for “migrant writing malayalam thesis”, the second result might be a PDF (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Google Search Result

But when we open the PDF document, we cannot clearly identify the source: Which thesis is this a chapter of? (Figure 2)

Figure 2: Thesis Chapter

If the chapter is relevant for our research, we might want to use and cite it. Or we might be interested in reading other chapters of that thesis. But how can we find the full details of the thesis?

The URL pattern of theses in Shodhganga is or

Similarly, the URL pattern of a chapter in Shodhganga is

So, two methods can be adopted to locate the full thesis or its bibliographic information in Shodhganga.

Method 1

In the URL of the PDF,

  • change the word “bitstream” to “handle” (Figure 3) in the URL
  • remove what follows “19658/” , and
  • hit Enter. (Figure 4)

       Figure 3: URL of Thesis Chapter

Figure 4: Thesis Homepage

Method 2

Copy the two set of “numbers” that follow the word “bitstream” (Figure 5) in the URL

Figure 5: Collection and Record Number of Thesis Chapter

Place those two sets of numbers after (Figure 6) and hit Enter.

Figure 6: Handle URL of Thesis

You can now see the bibliographic record of the thesis (Figure 7).

Figure 7: Homepage of Thesis

This way too, we get to see the details of the thesis.

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About the author:

Muhammed Afzal P. serves as Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS Pilani, Pilani. Email: