It used to take days to set up a single day of product usability research. Between the manual labor of finding and qualifying users, organizing the process, and finally moderating and analyzing sessions, it was one of the most time-consuming and expensive tasks in interface development. With the creation of web-based tools for user research, there is now an abundance of ways to quickly observe and gather real-world behavioral data from users. Unfortunately, there is also an abundance of ways to collect garbage. We'll cover a lightning fast overview of the tools and methods that are worthwhile, and the five basic categories all UX research tools fall into.