Hi and welcome to the Forums,
To answer you questions. The first matter of fact is just how invaluable THIS forum is in with dealing with fakes. There are countless threads, when taken the time to scan through the backlog, that aides the collector in various ways. Here at the WRF, i have found mutual friends who like me want to learn, expand collections, and find the thrill of the hunting down items.
Some of the best authors such as Dietrich Maerz and Michael D. Beaver to name a couple have reputable books. Most books out there, expensive but worth it, deal with the Real Artifacts in contrast to fakes. If one studies the real deal then the fakes stand out like a sore thumb.
I cant tell you how many hours i have spent researching the WRF Forums. Any questions i have are posted and answered quickly. My friends and other members have taken the time to post findings. Since you are a "novice" collector, i can tell you that the more you learn the better. With so many damn good fakes out there, its easily to get ripped off. This is what the WRF is for. No question is too stupid! I always ask , even if i know its a legit item, to just make sure with the other members. TR collecting is very expensive... Any and all imput is what one needs in regards to the Fakers Science.
Welcome again to the forums buddy.