Cuil (pronounced cool)

Competition is in the news again. This from AP:
Anna Patterson’s last Internet search engine was so impressive that industry leader Google Inc. bought the technology in 2004 to upgrade its own system.
She believes her latest invention is even more valuable — only this time it’s not for sale.
Patterson instead intends to upstage Google, which she quit in 2006 to develop a more comprehensive and efficient way to scour the Internet.
The end result is Cuil, pronounced “cool.” Backed by $33 million in venture capital, the search engine plans to begin processing requests for the first time Monday.
Cuil had kept a low profile while Patterson, her husband, Tom Costello, and two other former Google engineers — Russell Power and Louis Monier — searched for better ways to search.
Now, it’s boasting time.
For starters, Cuil’s search index spans 120 billion Web pages.
Patterson believes that’s at least three times the size of Google’s index, although there is no way to know for certain. Google stopped publicly quantifying its index’s breadth nearly three years ago when the catalog spanned 8.2 billion Web pages. Access at CUIL

Casemaker Database

Casemaker is a database of cases and statutes similar to VersusLaw and Loislaw all of which are low-cost competitors to Lexis and Westlaw. Casemaker has primarily marketed their services through state bar consortiums, but is now offering their case/statute databases without charge to law students/faculty/staff (as also does Loislaw and VersusLaw with their similar databases). Although these services offer little that cannot be found in Lexis and Westlaw, students may like to experiment with them as examples of low-cost legal research useful after graduation. Casemaker is also developing a legal jobs bulletin board that may be of future interest. Access at Casemaker

U.S. Law Week

The law library subscribes to both the print and the online versions of U.S. Law Week. For online access go to the law library research page and click on “BNA” which lists the BNA publications subscribed to by the law library. The BNA page also has links for e-mail notification, which for U.S. Law Week includes a choice of “Supreme Court Today” (daily updates summarizing U.S. Supreme Court docket activities) and “U.S. Law Week” (weekly highlights summarizing major federal/state cases and general legal news).