SAS is statistical software created by SAS Institute, Inc which is used by large organizations, including many public agencies, to do data management and analysis. SAS is preferred (and most often used) when working with very large datasets because it does not require a powerful computer to do so (it does not store data in RAM). Although and perhaps because it is very powerful, the syntax is difficult to learn. Social Scientists who do not intend to work at one of the public agencies and do not work with extremely large data sets might consider learning R or Stata instead.
SAS is primarily a language that lets you work with data. But, there are various interfaces that you could use, and it is generally best to start with a tutorial that uses the same one as you. See screenshots and commentary about the three main interfaces at: What's your SAS interface?
Videos from SAS unless otherwise specified.
1. If you are using one of these special SAS programs, start here to learn how to log in and work with files.
2. Learn about your interface (What's your SAS interface?)
3. Learn the basics of the SAS Language
4. Keep Reminders and Reference Sources Handy
See the latest collection from the catalog. A classic favorite that is routinely updated. Focused on the language and does not cover the interfaces or their differences. Suggests watching the Getting Started videos above for your interface. See also the companion Exercises and Projects.
Links directly to relevant pages in the following useful resources