This article, The Google Basic Top 10, is a great, simple, breakdown of ways to make searching with Google easier and more effective.
A few highlights include:
- the word "and" is assumed. You do not need to type it in, Google knows it's supposed to be there.
- use quotes around a search to find only results for that phrase, not each individual word - "Brooklyn Bridge" will get you only results related to the Brooklyn Bridge, not Brooklyn results and bridge results too
All 10 things can be found here: