You will need to be able to draw a distinction between literary analysis in the popular press ( New York Times) and literary analysis in academic journals (Victorian Studies).
Our online chart Types of Periodicals describes the differences between popular, trade, and scholarly publications.
These collections compile criticism about a particular author, and can save you time by gathering much of the major criticism about an author all in one place.
Within each set below, search by time period, or use the index in the final volume to find specific authors. Once you locate the entry on your author, you'll find a collection of criticism about that author, and bibliography for further reading.
We have extensive print collections of criticism, covering items published from classical times through the mid-20th century:
Some articles in these volumes might only be excerpts, meaning that you'd need to track down the longer work from which they were taken. However, this collection can be invaluable in finding leads on what, say, William Blake's contemporaries thought of his work, as opposed to what we think today of his work.
To use these print collections: