Q. How do I access newspapers online?
Current news in digital format
If you just want to browse the latest news with full graphics, I'd recommend Google News. Search across many newspapers, news sites, and current affairs magazines. It is not complete, but it is easy to find news on a topic of interest and then compare the coverage of different papers. It is best for the most recent news, not so much for older coverage.
Another fun option is Paperboy, where you can see the front pages (and more) from U.S. and world newspapers. Some newspapers give lots of free content, but others don't. Explore.
How to find newspaper articles online on a topic
Start with ProQuest News and Newspapers. In this PCC database you will search across millions of articles in 1,600 news sources. It covers today's news, plus news from decades earlier. As always, you can email yourself any article, along with a citation. Please note that, although you get the full text of the articles, they don't have the photos or graphics.
Historical newspapers online
Check out vintage newspapers (back to the 1800s) in this Library of Congress collection. Each issue has a full PDF, and it is fascinating to browse.
Full online access to top newspapers: a personal subscription
If you are a news aficionado, and you are willing to shell out $1 per week, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have excellent digital access. They have special deals for students, too. These are the top U.S. national newspapers. Both also offer full digital PDFs of each issue, and much more. Reading a quality daily newspaper is one of the best ways to educate yourself. Look for the Subscribe link.
Other newspaper databases