"What the heck is. copy. right?"
(From A Fair(y) Use Tale.)
Copyright impacts everyone, yet it is often very confusing to understand. Here are several external resources that can help you know your rights and avoid violating the rights of others.
Columbia University offers a fair use checklist and explanation to help you figure out whether or not you can use copyrighted material without first asking permission. Central Michigan University gives a helpful overview of fair use.
If you're concerned about safeguarding your rights as an author, consider attaching an author addendum to your publication agreement. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) offers an author addendum that you can use.
(If you have any questions please email our reference librarian: firstname.lastname@example.org)