Answered By: Todd White
Last Updated: Jun 22, 2015     Views: 789

Before I answer, I want to qualify my answer by saying without seeing the actual paper & the story you are using, I need to play it by ear.

So, I would say yes. Whether you are directly quoting someone from the story, are paraphrasing the contents of the story, you need to acknowledge the source. The academic reader has a right to know where your information comes from, and you have the responsibility to provide it.

Usually in-text citations list the author & the date, and should be traceable due to the alphabetical arrangement of your bibliography (so make sure you don't, say, use the person's name in the in-text citation, but list the news story in your bibliography under "ABC News").

For examples of in-text citations in APA, see -

For examples of in-text citations in MLA, see -

And when in doubt, always cite. It is better to do a little extra work than accidentally get into a situation where it could be seen that you weren't honest in your writing.

Good luck with your paper.