You have some responsibilities as you complete your work.
The people using your work should know what are your ideas and work, and what has been done by the people whose work you are using. They will want to see what you have based your conclusions on.
Some citation and style guides
Copyright laws govern how much of a work you can quote or copy or distribute before having to pay royalties to someone. Within the University of Waterloo an agreement with the Access the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (formerly CanCopy) has broadened the restrictions slightly by prepaying royalties for faculty staff and students.
UW and copyright
Access to many of the resources are governed not only by copyright laws but also by contracts signed with the creators and distributors. These may restrict who may have access to a resource, the amount of a resource you may copy, or who you may pass copies on to. Information providers are strict about monitoring use, identifying and acting upon contract violations.
E-Journals Licensing statement
Someone else has put a lot of work into creating and making the work available. It's only fair to recognize their efforts by referencing the work, paying applicable royalties if needed, and not exceeding copyright and contract rules.
The University of Waterloo Library covers the cost of many resources. After you have left the university you will find this seemingly free access cut off. In most cases you or your company will be able to subscribe directly to these resources.
Services available to alumni