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A simple table is needed. The issue is that there is much text in the 2nd column, and it should respect the text margins.

Example:

\documentclass[11pt]{article}
\usepackage{booktabs}

\begin{document}



\begin{tabular}{@{}llr@{}} \toprule 
Animal & Description \\ \midrule

During & the period while Major Henry Lee and his famous Light Dragoons were serving in New Jersey, intelligence came of the marauding operations of a band of Tory robbers \\
Located & in the extensive pine woods toward Barnegat, in Monmouth county, whose head-quarters were at a secret cave in that region. Lee dispatched a select party of fearless men \\ 
who & approached the dangerous region in a farmer’s wagon, concealed under a covering of straw \\
Fagans & the robber leader, with some followers, stopped the wagon to plunder it, when the concealed dragoons immediately put a ball through Fagans’s head \\\bottomrule
\end{tabular}\\


Source: Modified Text fragments Forman (2014) Down the Ohio and Mississippi \texttt{http://www.gutenberg.org/files/44823/44823-h/44823-h.htm}

\end{document}
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  • I hope I understand correctly what you are asking for, but did you try the p column type?
    – Masroor
    Feb 3, 2014 at 16:11
  • @MMA Thank you. I'm new to LaTeX (sorry (-: ) and don't know what the p column type is.
    – alex
    Feb 3, 2014 at 16:13

1 Answer 1

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Package tabularx can be used to use a column X that allows line breaks and spans the available space:

\documentclass[11pt]{article}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\usepackage{tabularx}

\begin{document}

\noindent
\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{@{}lX@{}}
\toprule 
Animal & Description \\
\midrule

During & the period while Major Henry Lee and his famous Light Dragoons were
serving in New Jersey, intelligence came of the marauding operations of a   
band of Tory robbers \\
Located & in the extensive pine woods toward Barnegat, in Monmouth county,
whose head-quarters were at a secret cave in that region. Lee dispatched a
select party of fearless men \\ 
who & approached the dangerous region in a farmer’s wagon, concealed under a
covering of straw \\
Fagans & the robber leader, with some followers, stopped the wagon to
plunder it, when the concealed dragoons immediately put a ball through
Fagans’s head \\\bottomrule
\end{tabularx}\\
Source: Modified Text fragments Forman (2014) Down the Ohio and Mississippi
\texttt{http://www.gutenberg.org/files/44823/44823-h/44823-h.htm}
\end{document}

Result

There are many ways to put the source in a table caption, e.g.:

\documentclass[11pt]{article}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\usepackage{tabularx}
\usepackage{caption}
\usepackage{url}

\urldef\urlOhio\url{http://www.gutenberg.org/files/44823/44823-h/44823-h.htm}

\begin{document}

\begin{table}
\captionsetup{format=hang, justification=RaggedRight}
\centering
\begin{tabularx}{\linewidth}{@{}lX@{}}
\toprule
Animal & Description \\
\midrule
During & the period while Major Henry Lee and his famous Light Dragoons were
serving in New Jersey, intelligence came of the marauding operations of a
band of Tory robbers \\
Located & in the extensive pine woods toward Barnegat, in Monmouth county,
whose head-quarters were at a secret cave in that region. Lee dispatched a
select party of fearless men \\
who & approached the dangerous region in a farmer’s wagon, concealed under a
covering of straw \\
Fagans & the robber leader, with some followers, stopped the wagon to
plunder it, when the concealed dragoons immediately put a ball through
Fagans’s head \\\bottomrule
\end{tabularx}
\caption{Source: Modified Text fragments Forman (2014)
  Down the Ohio and Mississippi \urlOhio}
\end{table}
\end{document}

Result caption

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  • Thank You! Nice! On my page the top and bottom lines don't appear fat. Is it possible to add the source as label of the table?
    – alex
    Feb 3, 2014 at 16:21

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