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Law: QuickStart Guide

This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for finding legal information and is intended for public library users and librarians.

Student Records & Rights

  What are student and family rights concerning student records and other school-related issues?  Click on the links below.

Getting a Driver's License

   Ready to drive?  Let's find out.

Earning Money

What kind of jobs can you work?  How old do you have to be?  How many hours can you work?

Protect your health.  Know your rights!

Money for College

 Get the whole picture, step-by-tep. Read, view videos, get started!

How Old Do I Have to Be?

Community Help

The City of Newton is home to many support services and opportunities
for our youth.
If you are under 25, take the confidential homeless Massachusetts Youth Count Survey between April 23 and May 13, 2018.


Primary Sources

State House High School Internships


Exploring Education: For Service Members and Students Interested in the Military

Resources on educational programs, colleges and funding choices for military service members, and for students interested in ROTC programs.

Selected Books on Teen Rights and Freedoms from the Catalog

Elections: Voting Laws, Ballot Questions, Voters Guides, Electoral College

Find laws related to voting.  See voting records of U.S. Senators and Representatives under the Federal Law tab's Legislation box.


STATE-BY-STATE VOTER REGISTRATION : Find My State or Local Election Office Website


Federal Election Commission

 Florence Harding becomes the first First Lady to vote.


I'm interested in finding voting records for members of Congress. Can THOMAS help?


There are several different ways of voting in the House and the Senate, one of which is the roll call vote, where the vote of each member is recorded. Not all bills, in fact, the minority of bills, receive a roll call vote.


The THOMAS home page has a link to roll call votes from 1990 in the House and 1989 in the Senate. Each link lists the roll call votes by sequential roll call number. This number is unrelated to the bill number. You can browse the list of roll call numbers, or you can go to Bill Status in Bill Summary & Status for the given bill and find the vote number (and often a direct link to the roll call vote).


THOMAS does not compile votes by members of Congress. However, the Government Resources page contains resources related to congressional votes.

If you want to know more, the Glossary from will give you quick answers.



Teen Issues and Rights


Get help, information, and support on topics below.

Crisis Hotlines

Crisis Hotlines

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call one of the 24-hour crisis hotline numbers below right away:

  • Samaritans Statewide Hotline: 1-877-870-HOPE (4673)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255); Press # 1 if you are a Veteran
  • The Trevor Helpline: 866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386) - Specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth and young adults


Cases about Teenagers

Teen JuryCases plus the Juvenile Justice System, Delinquent Children, and Children Trquiring Services (formerly called CHINS,