The term "critical reception," or "reception history," refers to:
This kind of research is done on:
It's done in order to:
CURRENT SCHOLARLY REVIEWS:
HISTORICAL / EARLY REVIEWS:
COMPILATIONS OF CURRENT AND HISTORICAL REVIEWS / CRITICISM:
Databases and reviews:
The following may make useful search terms:
Mindmap: Reference Resources
Mindmap: Sources of a creative work
Gale's Literature Criticism series, now part of the LIterature Resource Center database, includes the following subsets:
The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
Much critical literature focuses on a single work (for example, a book review) or on the works of a specific person (for example, their early or late works, or a theme in their works). You'll want to narrow your search accordingly.
Compilations of critical literature tend to be organized around a particular critical approach (feminist, etc.), genre (plays, etc.) or subject area, often limited to a geographical region or time period (twentieth-century English literature). Use keywords of this type in your search.