This paper offers a step-by-step visual review of the SAS ® 9.2 DICTIONARY tables for the beginning to intermediate SAS user who is generally unfamiliar with PROC SQL and macro programming. The content of the DICTIONARY tables (such as data set names; variable names, labels, and types; option names and values; titles and footnotes; format and macro program catalog entries; and external file and library paths) is visually explored using common procedures and SASHELP views. This paper demonstrates that the DICTIONARY is easily accessible and shows many valuable uses of the DICTIONARY. This paper also shows some alternative techniques for obtaining metadata when applicable and directs users to papers that feature advanced techniques using the DICTIONARY
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