Databases for CSUMB only
Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe
Newsbank California Newspapers contains access to newspapers from around California, including the Monterey County Herald from 2002 to the present, and the San Jose Mercury News from 1985 to the present.
New York Times Historical The New York Times (1851-2006) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue.
Newsstand of 500 full-text newspapers including New York Times, London Times, etc.

Local and Regional Newspapers

NOTE: Most newspaper websites have searchable archives, but may charge for older articles. For access to full text, see CSUMB Journals List.

Monterey County Weekly (formerly Coast Weekly)
Monterey County Herald
Monterey County Herald Archive Index via Monterey Public Library; covers local stories and obituaries 1995-2003, and obituaries only from 2003 on 
Salinas Californian
San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle
San Jose Mercury News
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Specific U.S. Newspapers
Christian Science Monitor
The Los Angeles Times
The New York Times

Other News Sources
California Newspaper Project - Database showing holdings of California newspapers, current and historical
Chronicling America - Historic American Newspapers, from Library of Congress
CNN Interactive News
Local News - State-by-state listing of local newspapers online
Newspapers USA and Worldwide