I submitted my Anthropology paper about abortion in the United States to my teacher, and I saw the Turnitin report being 40%. Needless to say, I almost got a heart attack (figuratively, but it felt like an extreme jumpscare).
I looked at my Turnitin report to see how I got 40% and saw that it consisted of my entire bibliography, common words (for example, Republican and abortion), and the quotes I cited.
Would my teacher be suspicious of me plagiarizing even though I didn't? I made sure to cite all my sources (in-text and bibliography), and I even checked Grammarly's anti-plagiarism checker. Plus I made sure they were all in MLA as my professor requested.
40% feels like a very high score. How do I explain to my professor that it was mainly my bibliography? Should I just be upfront with it? (And I'm wondering how did all of my citations ended up being flagged in turnitin).
Edit: My professor let me know that it was mainly my citations and told me there was nothing to worry about, but that was still definitely a scare.