-putting words in between quotation marks to search an exact phrase
-using a - (a hyphen mark) in front of a word or in front of a website URL to eliminate them from a search (as in a search on ravens, the birds, using -football and -team to remove a lot of the sports reverences)
-using site: in front of a url to limit a search to one specific website
These are only 3 of 10 tips from a 30 minute webinar I just watched called Google Search: 10 Tips to Help Your Students Search Smarter put on by SimpleK12, an online learning community. I believe they'll repeat this webinar for free again September 13. Consider registering here. They'll help YOU be a better searcher in your personal life!
What I love about the Google a Day game is the tidbits of information I learn in the process. In five minutes I worked through one days three questions. I could have stopped at one but nothing like a little success to motivate one to try one more! So check it out here and consider a link off your webpage for your students (and staff). Katie