When is the last time you thought about how you enter searches in a tool like Google?
Take a quick look through Google's How to Search on Google article, then go a step further and check out Refine Web Searches.
Making use of advanced search screens can help you hone your search skills!
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Also -- try limiting your search by domain (.edu, .gov, .org, etc.) by typing site:.edu in the box along with your search terms.