The desire for certainty is strong in most people but we should resist comfortable but false certainty.

I never thought I would be quoting the eponymous Urban Dictionary but one of the phrases recently added draws attention to how often we make unwarranted assumptions about other people: Schrödinger’s Queer. The term describes a person (usually in the public domain, a celebrity) about whose sexual orientation nothing is known, and argues that until evidence emerges like they marry someone or appear with romantic partners in public, no assumptions can safely be made about their sexuality. Like the eponymous unstable caesium atom in Schrödinger’s original thought experiment, we cannot know whether it has decayed (killing the cat) or not until we open the box and see whether the cat is alive or dead. Until the evidence presents itself, we are left with uncomfortable uncertainty.

We now have access to 50 new databases from ProQuest for a whole year, until July 2023. We chose the databases on this list with care and hope you will find them useful. Once this year-long trial is up, we have to choose which ones to keep in perpetuity (up to the cost of our deposit).

Check it out the new blog celebrating the amazing achievements of Black women around the world as they continue to break down barriers and lead in business, sports, entertainment, and in the community. From Rhianna achieving billionaire status to Kamala Harris becoming America’s first-ever Black (and Asian-American) woman Vice-President, there are some deeply impressive achievements on the list.