The search device only returns documents that include the exact phrase you entered. If the exact phrase doesn't give you what you need, you can specifically exclude certain words with the minus symbol. Here's a summary of some of the most useful Google search tricks, from basic tips to recently released new features. Search archives for news that date back to the mid-1880s.
Google News has the option to search more than 100 years of archived news from newspapers around the world. Here are some tips for better searching on Google (since it's the most popular search engine), but many will work in other search engines as well. Tap the microphone icon in the Google search bar and say “toss a coin in the air” or “head or cross”. The feature launched last month allows Google to toss a coin for you when you don't have one handy.
Play Atari Breakout by searching for it on Google ImagesThe legendary brick-breaking game is available for easy access on Google. The easiest and most efficient way to search for something specific is to use quotation marks around a phrase or name to search for those exact words in that exact order. Searching for architect* will search for architect, but also architect, architecture, architect, architect and any other word that begins with architect. Tilt the screen looking to “tilt” This is one of the fun additions incorporated by Google engineers.
As Google and other search engines improve their understanding of how people naturally type or say search queries, these powerful tools are likely to become less and less useful (at least that's the goal search engines are striving for), but that's certainly not the case right now.