Taiwan Academic Classics (TAC)

From 1928 to present, the inter-databases research platform which accommodates exclusive content and the most extensive papers done by Taiwanese scholars.


Taiwan Academic Classics (TAC) is the full-text inter-databases platform, which accommodates 10+ acclaimed archives, focusing on the research of humanities and social sciences in Taiwan. Aiming for contributing to the global sinologist community, TAC covers most core/notable journals and some exclusive magazines classics nationwide from 1928 to present in this platform, the former such as: “The Crown Jewels of Sinology in Taiwan”- Academia Sinica Journals, and National Palace Museum Journals; the latter such as: The Continent Magazine Archive, Zhuanji Wnxue Archive, Modern China, LionArt Archive, Taiwan Epochal Democracy Magazines, etc. 

TAC is based on Taiwanese scholars’ viewpoints, through which users can delve into ancient Chinese culture profoundly and have insight of contemporary China at the same time. TAC platform integrates a total of 3.3 billion words, 340+ core journals, 6,630 ancient books and 250,000+ dissertations/articles. Plus, it combines Elasticsearch tech with contemporary sinology style for interface design, leading to greater search accuracy, more friendly operating experience, and brand-new images of past data/ancient books as well, so users can enjoy anew the high tech and magnificent sinology.

12 Databases, 340 Journals, 250,000 Dissertations
Full-text searchable platform of 3.3 billion characters


The Crown Jewels of Sinology in Taiwan (Ι)

The database offers 80% more content than the NPM’s official site, with unique features like “AI Image Search”, “AI Colorization”, “ Full-Text Search Capabilities”, exclusive “Artifact Glossaries”, “Extended Video Viewing”, and 7 distinct “Reading Modes”. The “Image-to-Image Search” fosters a blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, unlocking unexpected research avenues—vital for humanities and arts enthusiasts. Since 1966, we’ve archived content from four notable core journals, including over 9,840 articles, 100,000 images, and 42,000 artifact glossaries. Beyond being a trove of Chinese treasures, this collection is a world-class resource promoting the “aesthetic economy.” Research related to the NPM spans various disciplines, enriching both theoretical and practical understanding.

The Crown Jewels of Sinology in Taiwan (ΙI)

Celebrated as Taiwan’s “Crown Jewels of Sinology” alongside the journals of the National Palace Museum, Sinica Sinoweb stands as the only full-text searchable sinological database from Taiwan. It encompasses core journals from Academia Sinica as well as other renowned Taiwanese journals recognized globally. The collection boasts a comprehensive archive from the first issue to the most recent, with a particular emphasis on preserving early and rare editions. Notably, about 30% of its content is globally unique and exclusive for full-text searches. Esteemed sinologists internationally have lauded Sinica Sinoweb for its impeccable digitization, especially for rare and intricate characters found in publications like the Bulletin of the Institute of History and Philology and Chinese Studies of the National Central Library.

Taiwan Epochal Democracy Magazines


In recent years, Taiwan has emerged as the pinnacle of democracy in Asia and stands as an unique beacon in the Chinese-speaking realm. Over 400 years, Taiwan has evolved from foreign occupation and authoritarian rule to today’s flourishing democracy. The database provides an exclusive look into Taiwan’s democratic journey since 1949. It curates seminal democracy magazines from public forums in Taiwan and Hong Kong between 1949 to 1992, digitizing the influential footprints of opposition movements fading from library archives. These selected works:

  1. Feature prominent opposition voices from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China during the authoritarian era, challenging the ruling party and pioneering once-taboo topics.
  2. Sparked notable societal shifts and enlightened their generations.
  3. Are penned by esteemed sinologists or celebrated social science writers introducing groundbreaking ideas.

Initiated in 1950 by luminaries of Academia Sinica, including the likes of Zhu Jiahua and Dong Zuobin, ‘The Continent Magazine’ gracefully spanned over half a century, producing 867 noteworthy issues until its conclusion in 2002. It stands as a testament to the rich tapestry of thoughts woven by eminent sinologists of the era. Rooted in China but flourishing in Taiwan, the journal encapsulated global Sinology contributions, post-1950. While it held a particular reverence for history, its pages also elegantly danced with topics ranging from literature and philosophy to law, politics, and the sciences. Its foundational ethos, eloquently stated in its inaugural editorial, sought to bridge the cultural chasm that arose in the wake of the Communist ascension in mainland China.

Taiwan Journals Search

(1958 – present)

This database captures the essence of Taiwan’s scholarly landscape, housing over 340 premier ‘Humanities and Social Sciences’ journals since 1958. Among them, 125 are recognized as core by THCI/TSSCI, while others shine in their longstanding quality and depth, spanning 22 categories with a particular emphasis on history and the arts.

Chosen from a Taiwanese scholarly perspective, it provides an unparalleled lens into contemporary China and the wider Chinese diaspora. Its functionalities are tailored for in-depth research: beyond the ‘Original PDF’ access, over 90% of articles offer ‘Pure Text’ for versatile use, accompanied by automatic keyword pinpointing. Disciplines covered range from History, Arts, Design, Anthropology, and Religion, to Law, Politics, Economics, Education, and more.

Over the past 58 years, Zhuanji Wenxue Magazine (傳記文學, 1962 – present) has become worldwide renowned. Because of its long-lasting publication, people often praise its historical value as the “The Great Wall of Chinese Republican History.” Zhuanji Wenxue is regarded as equal important to other influential academic institutions in Taiwan, which helps to fill the gap of official history. It comprises autobiography, criticalbiography, memoir, exclusive historical data, diary entries, handwriting samples, oral history, and more. Readers will be impressed by this extensive record and its ability to bring history to life.

Modern China Database

(1977 – 2005)

Founded by the Chinese Kuomintang (KMT), Modern China Magazine (which ran from March 1977 until December 2005) is well-known for its coverage of Chinese Republican history, archives of Revolutionary Martyrs and Revolutionary documents of China. Compared to other academic journals of its kind which mainly focus on discourse and comment, Modern China unveiled the first-hand raw materials of the authorities at Kuomintang, revealing the “oral history” in the Republican period with exclusive archives.


LionArt Digital Archive

(1971 – 1996)


With the innovative “AI Image Search/Colorization” feature, the “Lionart Digital Archive” revitalizes Taiwan’s art history. Imagine selecting a few from 60,000 originally blurry black and white photos, becoming more layered and distinct after coloring, especially the more enhanced portraits.

Chinese Calligraphy and Inscription Collection

(Shang Dynasty – Qing Dynasty)

This database houses 4,268 noteworthy classical calligraphy and inscriptions, amounting to 1.7 million characters in diverse styles. It seamlessly blends individual character images with complete works, all enhanced with a full-text search capability. A standout feature is its robust search efficiency for ancient characters, making it invaluable for philology research, education, appreciation, and daily practice. The collection is split into two sub-databases. “Full Work Database”: Here, users can swiftly explore works from various calligraphers and dynasties, contrasting styles and immersing themselves in the allure of Chinese characters. “Single Character Database”: Each character retains its authentic aesthetic and emotion, allowing users to integrate them into personal projects like business cards, signage, and ad designs, thus weaving Chinese artistry into everyday life.

Ancient Books and Records

Gujin Tushu Jicheng (標點古今圖書集成) is the greatest encyclopedia of Chinese civilisation, and one of the most significant two classified books of ancient China as well. (The other one is Xiku Quanshu. Both of them are regarded as the two pearls of Chinese category books.) The database published by UDP is not only the first punctuated version of its kind, but also one of the most popular digital version worldwide.

One of the most frequently used literatures by scholars of Taiwan studies and commonly called the “Encyclopedia of Taiwan,” the Taiwan Wenxian Congkan (edited by Chou Hsien-Wen) was originally published by the Bank of Taiwan. It comprises 309 books, local histories and official documents from Ming to Qing dynasties. It collects poems, literatures of private collections, and out-of-print books. Taiwan Wenxian Congkan covers topics from the Tang dynasty to the Japanese occupation period.

The Taiwan Wenxian Congkan Continuation database updates one of the most important resources in Taiwan studies. The coverage of Taiwan Wenxian Congkan was limited to the 1958-1972 period, and subsequently new historical records were discovered. Therefore, UDP decided to produce the ‘Continuation’ version for Taiwan Wenxian Congkan database, which includes additional books, archives and literatures. One half of these new-discovered material consists of books, extant copies of manuscripts from distinguished universities in China. The other half of the material is originated from the research institutions and publishers in Taiwan.



● From 1928 to the present, 330+ core journals of humanities and social sciences in Taiwan (1/3 are top-ranked THCI or TSSCI)

● Exclusive content from classical magazines, archives, historical documents

● Exclusive full-text searchable database of sinology, including rare pictograms from ancient China which are well-documented on “Bulletin of the Institute of History and Philology

● Unique metadata analysis helps scholars explore historical trends and new research issues