I bet most of the users here had one of the following bad experiences: your idea and someone's idea happen to be very similar, manuscript topics got scooped, etc. Among these bad experiences, the worst is perhaps finding out a very similar paper was already published after the experimentation, simulation, writing, or even submission was done. This is very time consuming and stressful.
I realize that this question is very general and field-dependent. However, I would love to learn from your experience on how to efficiently look for related works in one's own field. For instance:
- Where (websites, publishers, pre-prints... )
- When should we find or update these related works, and
- What kind of tricks have you used to perform such searches efficiently.
To help you orient, my background is electrical and computer engineering, communication and image/video processing.