Web archives provide access to snapshots of the Web of th past, and could be valuable for research purposes. However access to these archives is often limited, both in terms o data availability, and interfaces to this data. This pape explores new methods to overcome these limitations. I presents "sprint-methods" for performing research using a archived collection of the Dutch news aggregator Websit Nu.nl, and for developing and adapting a search system an interface to this data. The work aims to contribute t research in the humanities and social sciences, in particula New Media research employing digital methods to stud the Web of the past. Secondly, this work aims to contribut to Computer Science, in the development of novel acces tools for Web archives, that facilitate research.