Google doesn't want you to search; it wants to tell you. This is a point that I often make on courses that I run, and one of the best examples of this is the way in which they are continuing to downgrade the advanced search function. Once, a very long time ago, when you opened the Google search home page, you got a direct link to the Advanced search function to the right of the search box:
However, in recent years they have made it more difficult to find the advanced search function, by removing it from the area of the search box - you either needed to know that it was hidden under the cog in the top right hand corner:
No Advanced Search option anywhere. To be honest, I can't say that I'm surprised. In their continual rush to tell us what we want to find when we're searching, having an Advanced search option - which implies that Google can't cut it at when it tries - is just an embarassment for it. Besides, it costs money to keep a function like this going - it's not as though it's a multi billion pound company that's made a name in the area of search, is it?
However, it's disappointing, and I'm pushing Advanced search right towards the top of my list of the next Google functionality to disappear.