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Epidemiology: A field that collects data about disease in populations; initiation, frequency (incidence & prevalence), development & spread.

Incidence of a disease/condition: “The number of newly diagnosed cases during a specific time period.”… For instance, “the number of new cancers of a specific site/type occurring in a specified population during a year, usually expressed as the number of cancers per 100,000 population at risk.”

Prevalence of a disease/condition: “is defined as the number or percent of people alive on a certain date in a population who previously had a diagnosis of the disease. It includes new (incidence) and pre-existing cases, and is a function of both past incidence and survival.”




How to find key resources

Key resources are usually books that are prescribed texts or recommended reading.

To locate key resources select the Catalogue tab from the library web page. 

If you are searching for a specific title, type the title of the resource into the search box and click SEARCH. You can limit to search by title and campus by choosing your preferences from the drop down menus under the search box. 

If you want to browse the collection, type in the keywords relevant to your topic. The catalogue has various search strategy tools that can be used when performing your search. Tips on conducting a keyword search are found via this link .

Once you have found the specific title that you require click on the italicized title of the item which will give you the details that you will need to locate the book.  These are location, call number and the items availability.  

If the item is held at another La Trobe campus library, click on Place a hold and follow the prompts to request the item be delivered to your specified campus.  Delivery of the item from another campus to your home campus usually takes two working days. 

If the title you require is not held by La Trobe campus libraries, click on Find it at BONUS+ to access books that are available to you from other participating Universities.  The BONUS+ tab only appears once you have searched the La Trobe libraries collections.  Click on Request an item and follow the prompts to have the item delivered to your specified La Trobe campus library.  The item usually will arrive at your chosen campus within 7 working days.



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