It is now possible to download the journals published over the last few decades by several significant UFO groups (including NICAP, MUFON and APRO)
and do REALLY fast searches of them
If you want to understand ufology, you need to know a bit about it (often frustrating) history... To get an insight into that history, it's worth
spending a bit of time glancing through some of the journals published by a few of the better know UFO groups. Logistically and financially, this
wasn't always easy to do. However, in the past couple of years, there has been an explosion in the amount of scanned material made available free
online by various UFO groups (although I wish some of those groups would make considerable more material available online…).
Many people posting on Internet discussion forums do not appear to be aware of these resources or, at least as importantly, the ability to search them
I’ve lost track of the number of discussions that would have been improved by a quick search of the journals published by the more significant UFO
groups. Quite a few of the sightings that have been discussed on ATS since then are in fact covered in more detail in those journals than in the
material available online... Hopefully, this thread (if it gets noticed) will assist and encourage people to do such searches.
As part of researching an element of my thread on astronomers and UFOs, I came across the search method outlined below last week.
I really wish I’d been able to do such fast searches of major collections of UFO journals a few years ago…
Being able to do such searches would have saved me a LOT of time and effort laboriously reading through issues of such publications trying to find
I’ve been pretty amazed at the speed of the searches outlined below.
I’ve previously referred to a couple of these collections being available online, but I thought it worth starting a new discussion due to several
factors (e.g. the search method outlined below, the NICAP material now also available online, and other journals also now available). If you don’t
mind, I’ll repeat some of my previous comments to make this thread more-or-less self-contained.
It may be that other people are already aware of this method (or something similar). I wasn’t. Presumably some other people are currently as blind
I was, so some people may appreciate this outline.
I’ll give more detail below, but basically:
(1) Step 1 (scroll down or
click here): Download the material you want to be able to search. I’ve
previously given links to I’ll give links to that material and a few more treats below (particularly NICAP journals).
(2) Step 2 (scroll down or
click here): Download a free piece of software called “PDF-XChange
(3) Step 3 (scroll down or
click here): Use the search functions in “PDF-XChange Viewer” to
search an entire directory of journals in one go.
(4) Step 4 (Optional) (scroll down or
click here): Make the filenames more informative (e.g. by adding a prefix
giving the name of the relevant Journal, using a free tool such as “Bulk Rename Utility”).
In relation to steps (2) and (3), I know that Adobe Reader 10 (and presumably other pieces of PDF software) does allow searching multiple PDF files
– but the speed of this PDF-XChange Viewer’s search function makes the Adobe Reader’s equivalent search look incredibly
(Of course, searching can never entirely replace reading through material – but it can be a pretty good start… In a few minutes of searching on
various topics, I’ve found material on those topics that I can’t recall ever seeing online or in any of the UFO books I’ve read).
edit on 10-10-2011 by IsaacKoi because: (no reason given)