Search and Destroy Guide-Blackboard Ultra

4 min. readlast update: 04.18.2024

Exam content is often shared online and test takers can find exam's questions and answers with a simple Google search. Our revamped feature provides the structure to protect your exam questions, and encourages test takers to maintain integrity. 

As an instructor or exam administrator, you need clarity on which of your questions have been shared online and clear actions you can take to protect your exam's integrity.

Utilizing Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown functions is part of the challenge, but what about questions that have leaked out onto multiple websites? Sending emails to several sites is not an effective solution. Honorlock's revamped Search & DestroyTM will identify these commonly found questions, empowering you to update your exam content to be more secure. In addition, Search & DestroyTM puts the control in your hands regarding DMCA takedown requests. You can select specific questions or send DMCA takedown notices to the entire batch with one click.

This feature is available to all Honorlock clients at no additional charge. Once your Blackboard exam is enabled with Honorlock, you will have the ability to export your exam questions and upload them into our LTI to utilize Search & DestroyTM. Currently, Search & Destroy may only be initiated once per exam, so please be mindful to complete this process once your exam questions are ready to be processed.  


How It Works 

In order to use Search & DestroyTM, you must export your questions from Blackboard. In these next steps, we will provide instructions on how to upload your exam questions 

Upload Your Exam Questions 

  1. Once log into your Blackboard Ultra instance as an instructor, navigate to your desired course. 
  2. Remember you need to have created an assessment within the Learning Management System and enabled it with Honorlock. For more information on enabling your assessments with Honorlock, please visit the Using Honorlock with Blackboard Ultra knowledge base article and for more information, please visit the Honorlock Knowledge Base
  3. Within the Honorlock LTI, select Results on the assessment you want to manage.


4. Navigate to the Search & DestroyTM tab.

In this tab, the assessment’s search results will appear. Questions are placed into three categories: Compromised Items, Commonly Found Items, and Unique Items. 

Compromised Items:

These questions were found on five or fewer supported websites. Honorlock can process DMCA takedown requests for at least one of these websites if the exam administrator owns the assessment content. 

To initiate the DMCA takedown process for questions in the Compromised Items category, select the Send Takedown to All button. If you wish to view detailed results within this category, select the dropdown icon on the right. 

Commonly Found Items:

These questions were found on more than five websites, or on zero supported websites. We recommend changing these questions.

Unique Items:

These questions were not found in Honorlock’s search results. These are unique questions your students will likely not find online. Remember to click on the dropdown icon on the right to view detailed results of your questions for any of the result categories. 


Note: You will have the ability to manually upload questions as a CSV file in the event Honorlock is unable to automatically pull Search & DestroyTMquestions. These are the steps to follow to manually upload the questions. 

  1. Obtain or create a CSV. file containing your exam questions.   
  2. Locate your enabled assessment and proceed to click on Settings. 

3.Click on the Search & DestroyTM tab and then proceed to click on Upload Questions Here.


4.From the upload page, you will have the ability to either drag in, or select, your CSV file containing your exam’s questions. 


 5. Once you have selected your question file, review the questions to ensure that they have been uploaded correctly. Once you are satisfied, proceed to click on Save to process.  

6. Refresh the page or re-open the Search & DestroyTM tab for the test. The Search & DestroyTM tab will display a graphic that the search is in progress.

You may have to click on Student Results and then back on the Search & DestroyTM tab to obtain the results. The results will eventually populate in the Search & DestroyTMtab. Refreshing the page should show the results - do note that this may not be instantaneous depending on other questions from other tests that may be uploading at the same time. 



Click Search and Destroy FAQ for Frequently Asked Questions.

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