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SORRY- Google are unusable these days, serving myriad bad results AND refusing to give results if you make intelligent filtered searches, and don't use javascript (using a javascript only no-robot captcha). Please do try the following search engines especially the newer one Qwant.

For some reason translate.google.com tries to use POST when they require GET and the result on my system is an unfriendly error message. I have modified their form for your use at a translation form on my reference page (at the bottom). The only serious change is from method POST to GET and it works. Google have been told but merely say it works for them as is. I'm not the only one...

When researching on the internet, try not to limit yourself to one search engine. There are very few useable search engines left. I will not use any that insist on javascript. Search engines regularly modify their algorithms to reduce hijacked results (sometimes works, sometimes makes things worse!) so your favourite today could serve you junk tomorrow (and be back to best next month).
The various search tools have differing sets of web pages and differing algorithms. For difficult subjects it is usually best to use two or three search engines at least.
I have found it advantageous to try some of the other search engines below.

Bing
   
This search form uses https, filters, Note that this search box uses a modified search to return web sites in English only.

Qwant Qwant is a European search engine which has given me good results. This search form is to a "lite" version which does not require javascript or css3 and should work on most browsers. The base data is from Bing, augmented and reordered.

Search Yahoo Search for:
Yahoo uses Bing which is MS. This form uses https. Yahoo will list pages that are missed if you use BING directly. More pages may be irrelevant.

Use Google.com
The option "verbatim" stops Google second guessing you and searching on Glass when you wish to search on Lass- but it is a choice, either verbatim OR selected time period- not both together. Verbatim will ignore prior search bias, and also avoid synonyms. Some people may need to turn verbatim off. Watch for the sponsored pages at the top.
About Google Verbatim

Startpage by ixquick Startpage appears to be driven only by Google, but offers different results. My links will give 20 results per page and the main links are to highlighted pages with a proxy page also available. If you choose the proxy page (not available on all websites) you will not be able to use forms or javascript. In both highlighted and proxy pages you can go directly to the page with unhighlight or unproxy at top right.
The results will give you a "UK Sites" option.

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Search Wikipedia
Does a wikipedia page seem to be blank? It is a long standing bug. Two work rounds- either sign in to an account OR add ?y=9 at the end of the url. (Or anything really after adding a question mark). There is a cache problem that account holders never experience.

Specialist Searches

Search text in Gutenberg books Search on the first 100k or so of the text in books held by Project Gutenberg using this subset from Google:
Google Full Text (enter phrases "in quotes"):

Texts on Archive.org
Search full text of books on archive.org

This is a beta search of texts held on archive.org. To limit the results use a long quote and put in quotation marks "something like this example".

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