Who doesn't google? It's much rarer to find a power-googler than a googler, though. If your current use of Google is limited to typing a few words in and changing them around until you find what you’re looking for, you might use a helpful hint or two.
Surround your phrase with double quotes. This is the simplest and fastest thing you can do to improve your results.
Example: "colonial history"
Search a specific website or specific kinds of websites. This trick is extremely useful for locating government data, for instance.
Example: "colonial history" site:.gov
Search for specific file types, for example PowerPoints or .pdfs.
Example: "colonial history" filetype:ppt
Searching for phone numbers goes by the same logic as site or file specific searching.
Read more in Dharmesh Shah's post at Hubspot.