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SAS Essentials: A Guide to Mastering SAS, Second Edition features a step-by-step approach to data analysis and interpretation and provides a foundational introduction to SAS statistical software. SAS is considered the premiere statistical data analysis tool for scientific research worldwide. This textbook teaches SAS from the ground up using plentiful examples for clear comprehension and also serves as a valuable reference tool for any researcher new to SAS. Developed from over twenty years of teaching introductory SAS courses for scientific researchers and over 50 combined years of teaching and consulting by the authors, this book is designed with the novice user in mind. The authors divide the book into two main parts: the first section was written with novice users in mind and includes data manipulation and statistical techniques for a first semester course in statistics. The second section was designed for instructors requiring a second semester of statistical analysis. Chapters are self-contained so instructors can select content accordingly based on enrollment, and data sets and PowerPoint slides are available via the book's related website.