Globalize and views

This seems like it should be pretty obvious but I haven't found an answer anywhere (the Rails Recipes book even says "translating views is really easy..." and then drops the subject). So, as a result I have a bunch of questions about it:

- how do I use the Globalize plugin to translate text in views?
- what's the best way to put the text into the database? (or even just "how?")
- are there good examples online? Suggestions?

Thanks kindly,
Chris