The above situation has often placed a twofold onus upon the investigator. He has to determine whether or not special events and effects have occurred as well as provide a proper set of questions to ask about them if such have indeed taken place. Unless the investigator is knowledgeable in this aspect of UFO investigation, valuable data is often either overlooked or insufficiently reported on. This situation need no longer exist.
A simple but thorough two-page General Cases (Form 1) has been developed to gather descriptive data on the witness and the UFO (Refer to Section VI). It also contains references to a number of special events and effects sometimes associated with past UFO sightings. If the witness indicates that one or more of these have taken place, this alerts the investigator to employ any one of a number of specialized one-page forms designed to collect specific data on: Electrical/Magnetic Effects; Animal Effects; Psychological/Physiological Effects; Landing Cases with or without Physical Traces or Artifacts; Photographic Cases, Radar Cases, Aerial Sightings, and Radiation Survey of Landing Cases. A three-page Computer Input (Form 2) with instructions for completing the form is contained in Section VII. This should be completed by the investigator and submitted with the General Case (Form 1). The information from Form 2 is entered into the MUFON computer data base file. Statistics and patterns of UFO characteristics may be obtained from this data base for study and analysis reports. The specialized one-page forms are included with the appropriate specialized category sections in this manual where applicable. Instructions on the use of these new forms may be found in Sections VI, VII, VIII, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, and XVI.