SAS Documentation and Resources
In the SAS 9.4 menus, select: Help > SAS Help and Documentation
Output Delivery System:
Free SAS E-Books – Several free e-books provided by SAS, Inc.
O'Reilly for Higher Education - SAS e-books and other online SAS resources are available at no cost to VCU students, faculty, and staff. To access these, sign in with your VCU eID and password, then search for "SAS" (or a specific book title), then select your desired format.
Here are some suggested book titles for new learners:
The Little SAS® Book: A Primer, Sixth Edition
Learning SAS by Example
Cody's Collection of Popular SAS Programming Tasks and How to Tackle Them
SAS Functions by Example
Cody's Data Cleaning Techniques Using SAS®
SAS Statistics by Example
SAS Technical Chat – Instantly connect with experienced technical support consultants at SAS Inc., who can help troubleshoot your issue or answer your questions.
Connect With SAS – Interact with SAS Inc. experts - virtually or in person.
SAS Support Communities – SAS Virtual Communities, enable everyone to ask questions, exchange ideas, get tips, and more. They include the SAS Programming Community, SAS Analytics U Community, and the Administration & Deployment Community. Note especially the New SAS User community. Refer to 4 Steps to Fast, Helpful Answers for guidance.
SAS-L Listserv – SAS-L is a worldwide online community of SAS software users. Participants discuss various aspects of SAS and help one another solve SAS-related problems.
SAS Knowledge Base – The knowledge base at SAS Inc. contains a wealth of user information about the SAS system.
SAS Free Tutorials – Free online tutorials at SAS Inc. on various topics.
Browse YouTube – Free SAS How to Tutorials for beginners designed to teach the basics of SAS programming and analytics. A great place to start with your learning or to refresh your knowledge of an individual task.
Free Online Training – Upgrade your SAS skills with various online training resources.
Learn Base SAS Programming – A variety of free tutorials and other training options.
FAQ for students and other SAS learners – Quick links to free tutorials, career help, learning resources like SAS OnDemand for Academics, and more.
Free Teaching Materials – Everything you need to develop and teach a SAS course at the undergraduate or graduate level – free.
SAS Starter Kit – The perfect place for SAS newbies to start, outlining the five essential steps to help you learn the basics, grow your skills, and connect with other users from around the world.
SAS Webinars – Browse SAS' comprehensive library of past webinars. Catch up on webinars you might have missed. Filter by topic or industry to discover just the right topics.
SAS Ask the Expert Webinars – SAS experts share in-depth information, tips and tricks on a variety of topics to enable SAS users to gain new insights into using SAS products. Each webinar ends with a time for you to ask questions of the SAS expert. View live or previously recorded sessions.
Live and On-demand Content – Online access to a huge variety of technology and industry topics, from analytics to IoT to the SAS Platform. Organized by topic and industry. For essential SAS webinars, choose the SAS Platform topic and leave the industry unselected.
SAS Users YouTube Channel – The place to find how-to videos, tips, tricks, and content from user events. With these tutorials, you won’t be told how to do something. You’ll follow along as the instructor shows you how to do it.
SAS Users Blog – Technical tips and support information, written for and by SAS users.
Free SAS – Need SAS for learning, teaching, or academic research after you leave VCU. Learn where to get it here for free. And even available on the Mac.
Free Practice Data – Need data for teaching or learning? Get it here!
SAS Global Forum – Attend the annual international conference of SAS users and enthusiasts, held in a different US city in the spring of each year. Take advantage of hundreds of workshops, presentations, demos, and networking opportunities that will broaden your skills. Exchange ideas with experts and peers and explore new ways of using SAS. Academic discounts are available.
*** SAS Global Forum and SUGI Proceedings *** – The papers presented during all SAS Global Forum (formerly known as SUGI) workshops and presentations are maintained online as PDF files, available to all at no charge. This is an incredible resource for SAS information. The papers are typically organized by several methods, including by topic, skill level, and industry, depending on the conference. At the above site, scroll down to the Past Conferences section, then click on the desired Proceedings link.
Local and Regional User Groups – Regional conferences provide the benefits of SAS Global Forum in a more convenient location. Here are some that are nearby.
Virginia SAS Users Group (VASUG) – Meets quarterly in Richmond, VA. Annual dues are $15 ($5 for students). Meetings are typically one day or a half-day. Admission is $5 for non-members.
DC SAS Users Group (DCSUG) – Meets quarterly in Washington, DC, at the Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center (near the Union Station Metrorail stop). Meetings are typically a half-day. There is generally no fee to attend meetings. If you decide to join, annual dues are $10. Due to security measures at the meeting center, to attend a meeting you must notify DCSUG in advance to be allowed entry. Details are on the website.
SouthEast SAS Users Group (SESUG) – Holds 3-day conferences annually in the fall in a city in the southeast US. Due to COVID-19, SESUG has decided to cancel the in-person 2021 conference scheduled for Charlotte, NC, but they are planning a virtual event.
Find A SAS Users Group – Use this site to locate a local, regional, or virtual user group.
*** Regional User Group Proceedings *** – This site houses the papers presented at several regional user groups (such as SESUG) over the past years. You can select an individual user group or perform a search among all groups by paper title or author. This is an excellent SAS resource.
SAS Technical Tips – Browse for your favorite technical tips from SAS Tech Report.
VCU SAS Tips, Links & FAQs – Helpful hits are provided on using SAS.
UCLA SAS Portal – SAS resources available at the UCLA Institute for Digital Research and Education.
This article was updated: 09/29/2021