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Child Law: Getting Started

This guide includes resources for researching issues such as child abuse, children's rights, confidentiality of minors and other related topics.

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Research Tips

Before starting your research:

  • Clarify what it is you are researching and why. Ask questions.
  • Try to spot the important issues
  • Identify your jurisdiction
  • Brainstorm some keywords to use as search terms
  • Make a research plan: where will you look, and why?

Some helpful tools:

  • Burton's Legal Thesaurus - use this to broaden your list of search terms. Available in the Law Stacks KF156 .B856 1998
  • Black's Law Dictionary - to understand the meaning of a legal word or phrase. Available in the Law Stacks KF156 .B53 2019


This research guide will provide you with sources for researching different issues relating to the legal rights of children, specifically child abuse, child custody, child consent and confidentiality, and juvenile justice.

How to Use this Guide


Here are some suggestions:

  • Need ideas to start your research?  Try the Getting Started page
  • Looking for secondary sources? Visit the Books/Journals page
  • Looking for electronic sources?  Try the Databases page 

The materials mentioned in this guide -- except where classified as Reference, Reserve or Database -- are most often found on the 4th Floor of the Law Library. 

Get Help

Reference Librarians are available to help you with your research questions

3rd Floor Law Library at Info Desk

Monday -Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Tel: (617) 373-3332

Lexis Online Study Aids

For more information about Legal Study Aids available through Lexis Digital Library, visit our Remote Library Services guide.