Particularly in students papers, I often see the that they start a paragraph, which may be quite lengthy, with a specific term followed by a colon.
I believe this is just very comfortable for the writer to introduce a few terms or similar; however, to some degree, it enables the writer to not really think about the connection between paragraphs on the one hand and to just throw everything in the paragraph rather than making a concise list on the other hand.
Do you have an oppinion on this matter or can you point me to a styleguide (from any discipline) that explicitly addresses this aspect?
Term 1: Now follows a lengthy discussion of term containing several sentences, making up an entire paragraph that spans over several lines.
Term 2: Now follows a lengthy discussion of term 2 containing several sentences, making up an entire paragraph that spans over several lines.