Online search is always changing and it’s worth know how to use the various tools. This helpful NYTs piece covers some basic search tips for the major search engines.
A great article by John Tedesco details the best way to use regular old Google search to find what you need. I learned a lot from this post, including that “AND” is not regarded as a boolean operator, but “OR” is. In the same vein, a “-” in front of a word will remove it from results, but a “+” sign in front will not include. Instead, use the intext command.
For academics who use Google Scholar, the official blog details how to use Scholar to search effectively for new research. You can also use Google Scholar to share your research with the world. The first step is to create an author page via Google. Obviously this further integrates your work with Google’s hive-mind—but, on the positive side, it makes it easier to track your citations and share your research.