Advanced Search Changes
Back in November, Google launched and then withdrew a new advanced search page. The new version is back, if you can find it, and it is improved over the buggy November version. I do like the new look and the removal of the need to click the + button to get the full advanced options, but I am sorry that the link and related search options have been removed. Instead, Google only offers links to how to use the link: and related: commands. I still miss how the old form would show the commands at they are selected from the boxes below.
It is not only Google's web advanced search form which is changing. Other Google databases (Books, Groups, Patents, Scholar, Shopping, and Video) still have the older interface while Images has the new one. News takes a very different approach while Google services likes Documents, Gmail, and Calendar have an even more different approach. My latest "On the Net" column "Advanced Search in Retreat" (in Online 36(2): 43-46, March 2012) discusses these issues in more detail, and is available online for free.
Some other search engines still have advanced search forms while other newer ones often do not (DuckDuckGo,Blekko, Wolfram|Alpha, Quixey. Speciality search engines like Hulu have sophisticated advanced search pages. For advanced searching fans, here is a list of links.
Google Advanced Search Links
Other Advanced Search Pages
Speaking of making Google Advanced Search hard to find, guess what happens when I try a Google search on advanced search? The Google Canada Advanced Search page ranks as #1 followed by other advanced search pages, but NOT the main Google Advanced Search page!