Here are some good google search tips. Just click the image below and enjoy. Also, here are some posters, handouts, and quizzes about google search.
You can use some of these search tips, like “” to search for phrases, to use google as a corpus. Sha (2010) in the CALL journal compared google to the British National Corpus searches and found that it often provides more examples and may be a good option for students. You can find the article through the OSU library. The full citation is:
Sha, G. (2010). Using Google as a super corpus to drive written language learning: a comparison with the British National Corpus. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 23(5), 377-393.