I'm independently working on some research, and would like to see if there are any other papers on this topic. Can I ask a question on the main site, with a brief description of my work, to see what topics and keywords I can search to get more info and specifically if any other work has been done that is similar to my own?

I'm looking to get recommendations specifically on arXiv math topics, so I can look through papers there, to find similar work. Would such a question be on topic here? If not, is there another stack where it would be on topic?

ifyou ask about a particular object, and references or searches related to the object (or Theorem, Lemma, Proposition), you can then mention your broader interest as motivation, and someone may help with that. Asking about use of a particular (number-theoretic) n-dimensional sieve in a recent paper is OK, while asking for a summary of its use in the literature is not. (Asking for a reference to a summary is OK though.) Gerhard "We Prefer Quick Answers Here" Paseman, 2018.07.01. – Gerhard Paseman Jul 1 at 15:53