Okay this thread is esp. for fellow newbies like myself...get more refined and more accurate search results by following these simple syntaxes...
1)If you want to force a search use the "+" sign.
eg. Typing Star Wars Episode +VI will give results focused on episode VI.
2)Obvious opposite of the first i.e "-" can be used to omit some results.
eg. If you search for apple in google you're bound to get results including steve jobs, mac, etc. If u don't want them type " -apple -steve jobs -mac" without the quotes.
3)Use "~" for searching synonyms.
eg. You want facts on food and nutrition type ~food ~facts.
4)Here's a useful one...if you want files of a particular file type use the following example.
eg.YOu want "the Da Vinci Code" in .pdf..then type
filetype:pdf "the Da Vinci Code"
5)For phrases use quotes.
eg. Searching for "Every breath you take"(with quotes) omits results including just words like "every","breath",etc.
By the ways this was taken from the Chip magazine in July issue of 2005.
If you have the magazine I'd recommend u read IT.I hope this helps.
Oh and if anyone knows any more tricks plz reply...