There are various places describing the mechanics of doing a factor analysis (in R or SPSS or whatever) but relatively fewer describing what you actually do, the iterative process of deciding factor size, item analysis, etc.  I found these resources useful:

  • – which e.g. discusses item removal.

  • describes ‘Fit indices for structural equation modeling’

  • – ‘Best Practices in Exploratory Factor Analysis: Four Recommendations for Getting the Most From Your Analysis’ * * *

          • – ‘Determining the Number of Factors to Retain in EFA’ *
  • nice post on dropping cross-loading items * []1