So I'm working through some practice questions for my complex analysis unit and I've come across this integral:
where $\Gamma$ is the following contour
Now I know that there are two basic approaches to this question. The first being using partial fractions, and the second using Cauchy's Integration Theorem by contracting the contour down to two circles around $-1$ and $1$.
My question is this. When $\Gamma$ get contracted down, the circle around $1$ is going clockwise while the circle around $-1$ is going anti-clockwise. How does the direction of the contour effect the integral?